The Mysterious Bright Light Over California Was a Chinese Rocket
The sky over southern California (and social media) lit up late last night when something streaked across the sky.
Many people shared images of the out-of-the-ordinary event, speculating that it could be space junk or a meteor.
— Matt Holt (@mholt6) July 28, 2016
According to FOX LA, officials at Nellis Air Force Base in southern Nevada first said it was a meteor breaking up. But this morning, U.S. Strategic Command announced that it was actually a Chinese rocket that re-entered the atmosphere.
Spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn declined to say whether the fireball from the Chinese CZ-7 rocket posed a danger to people on the ground. But she said the military often sees these re-entries.
She referred further questions to Chinese authorities.