A something with pulsating lights crash and exploded just 80 miles from the Russian city hosting England’s World Cup quarter final clash with Sweden.
Two glowing balls were seen lighting up the midnight sky over the west of the ex-Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.
The eerie UFO crashed near the village of Bostandyk some 1,000ft from the Zhalpakatal-Karasu highway, say police.
The object “exploded” on landing – causing local houses to “tremble” and igniting a blaze on the parched steppe destroying bushes and grass covering 100 hectares.
Immediately, mobile communications in the remote area were cut, say frightened locals.
Residents rushed to the scene and amid the flames found a silver-colored object partially buried in the ground.
It has a sealed hatch with a protruding valve. Locals evidently tried to open the hatch without success.
A smaller but similar object was nearby.
One witness said: “The UFO material does not look like metal. It is soft like fabric.”
A law enforcement source said the weird object that fell from the sky was like “a ball that had been welded shut”.
The edges of the UFO had melted possible oil entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.
Residents of Karasu village saw the object spinning in the sky with bright lights pulsating before it crashed landed.
Local woman Assel Mukhambetkaliyeva explained: “This glowing sphere seemed to be spinning around and turning over our village.
“Then it fell down somewhere behind the village and exploded. There was a loud rumble. The house trembled.
“A large flame and smoke appeared over the place of the fall. We ran out of the house in fright. It’s good that no one was hurt.”
The UFO is described as ball-shaped and 10ft in diameter.
A second spherical object – smaller in size – was found nearby, according to witnesses.
It took firefighters four hours to put out the flames on the burning steppe
Locals have crowded to the scene to inspect the alien object.
One theory is that it was a satellite or spacecraft that crashed to earth in spectacular fashion.
However, there was no announcement about Russian space launches coinciding with the UFO’s appearance.
There was no immediate official comment from the Kazakh authorities nor from space officials in neighboring Russia.
The first call to police was at 12.07 am local time on Thursday.
News about the curious UFO has only just emerged from this remote area of Kazakhstan.