These stunning pictures show a smoking meteor falling through the dawn sky over Plymouth.

Ben Landricombe was on his way to work early on Tuesday (11/04) when he caught glimpse of the shooting star.

The council worker then raced back to his house in his car to grab his camera before the rare sight disappeared from the sky above Plymouth, Devon.

Ben, 36, said: "I've never seen anything like it in my life.

"I was driving to work, then I saw a big spark in the sky. I thought I better get my camera.

"I missed the meteor coming through the atmosphere, but I saw the sparks coming down, travelling really fast."

Credit: Ben Landricombe

Ben drove to a local high spot to get his pictures shortly after 6am as the sun still sat below the horizon.

Credit: Ben Landricombe

He put the pictures on Facebook where they have been shared hundreds of times.

Ben added: "I showed everyone the pictures and they all said 'Wow!'"

"I was late to work, but I think my boss was alright."