Thousands of California residents reported seeing a strange light streaking through the sky Saturday night, prompting speculation on Facebook and Twitter ranging from rockets to UFOs.
Nathan Owen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, offered a more benign explanation: The annual South Taurid meteor shower. That meteor shower has caused strange sightings, including “fireballs,” as recently as 2005.
However, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a tweet that the light was confirmed through the John Wayne Airport tower to be a Naval test fire off the California coast.
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