Marie Mela from Vienna was enjoying the New Year with friends in the Mostviertel region of Lower Austria, famous for the large number of pear orchards from where schnapps and cider are made.
The video which she posted on Facebook shows a group of young people outside, with the clinking of champagne glasses and the sound of the Danube waltz heard in the background (a New Year tradition in Austria), as people wish each other all the best for 2016.
Somebody lets off a firework, which heads into the sky and as it explodes, a silver white object can be seen framed by clouds and lightning forking in the area. One girl is seen looking wide-eyed around her, and a young man can be heard saying: "Did anybody see that?"
Mela insists that the video is genuine on her Facebook posting, and has appealed in her message for anybody else who saw the phenomena to get in touch.
WTF?! UFO über Niederösterreich oder Wetterphänomen?!?Was ist das?! Hat das gestern sonst noch wer gesehen???#blitz #silvester #ufo #mostviertel #rakete #party #aliensPosted by Marie Mela on Friday, January 1, 2016
She wrote: "WTF, not sure if this is a UFO over Lower Austria or some bizarre weather phenomenon. Anyone have any idea what it is? Did anybody else see this on the New Year?"
However, weather experts have cast doubt on the video's authenticity, telling the Kurier newspaper that there was no lightning in the Mostviertel area on New Year's Eve. "We have also seen the video, and we checked the weather conditions at the time. There was no lightning in the area," Ubimet meteorologist Roland Reiter said.
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The video has been viewed thousands of times after Mela posted it on Facebook with the hashtags #blitz#ufo#mostviertel#party.
Story courtesy of Central European News.