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Weird object seen streaking over California sets social media buzzing

A flying object soars over downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night as seen from the Fourth Street Street Bridge over Highway 110.
A flying object soars over downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night as seen from the Fourth Street Street Bridge over Highway 110. Preson Newman Photography

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.

Phillip Reese: 916-321-1137, @PhillipHReese

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