Southland Residents Report Seeing Strange Lights In The Night Sky


LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Residents in and around the Southland reported seeing a series of strange lights up in the sky Wednesday night.

Viewers described shooting lights with many colors and even a tail.

The first reports came from Riverside County around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Within a half hour, several Orange County residents also reported seeing the lights. After about an hour, reports were coming from all over the West.

photopadilla1 Southland Residents Report Seeing Strange Lights In The Night Sky

Jill Padilla's son Juan drew this pic right after seeing the strange lights. (credit: Juan Padilla)

Most said the lights were “blue and green.” A few described the lights as yellow or orange.

CBS2 and KCAL9 first received emails and phone calls from Murrieta, Perris, Irvine, Ontario, Riverside, Lake Forest, Corona and San Clemente.

Additionally, police report they received many calls about the lights.

UPDATE: (8:30 p.m., Sept. 14): Some residents of Arizona have reported seeing the lights as well.

UPDATE: (8:52 p.m., Sept. 14): Residents of Nevada, many in Las Vegas, are also reporting the green-blue lights in the sky.

UFOs? Several days ago, NASA announced a dead satellite would fall to Earth by “September’s end” but so far, no official confirmation if the lights and satellite are linked.

Curt Kaplan of the National Weather Service says the object “was probably a meteor.” The director of the Griffith Observatory concurred. Ed Krupp told us that what was seen tonight was likely “a piece of interplanetary debris that passed through the Earth’s atmosphere and burned up.”

He added, “This kind of thing happens about once a year, or once every few years.”

Some viewer and eyewitness accounts follow:

Anonymous: “I was on my cell outside, in City of industry when I looked up and saw the green, orange falling object about 7:40 p.m. As I saw it my buddy was on his way home on the 91 and he saw it at the same time. ”

Bernadette:  “I live in Quartz Hill. It was green in color and very large.”

Francesa D: “I live in Chino it looked like a falling star at first and continued on forever with a reddish green tail behind it before it was too low to see anymore. ”

Chasen H: “I was on the 405 South and saw a bright light in the east. I thought it was a helicopter with its searchlight on but saw it aim downward, turn green and streak towards the ground. I was at the Carson/Harbor Gateway border at the time.”

Terr: “I am in south Ontario. My daughter and I were in the driveway as we saw the fiery yellow and orange falling. We thought maybe it was a firework of some sort. But wasn’t. It was very bright and pretty big in size. We lost sight of it behind trees.”

Gerardo H.: “My friend in Vegas said a green thing landed on the next block over and the military has it blocked off.

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  • Chris

    hhmm…they had an earthquake this morning and weird weather last several days….Orange County is just a vortex of weirdness!

    • Aaron

      Earth quakes are a ‘weirdness’ now? Man the US education system really needs to pick up their game!

    • Michael Ochs

      Well it is SoCal Chris, soooo……….. ;-)

    • Jeff

      It is just Baraks approval rating and the American Economy crashing back to earth.

      • John


      • Contarian

        Best comment of the day. ;-)

      • Dave Shaffer

        Crash & burn, Barry!

      • sadi

        For the win!

      • weeone

        Jeff you win

      • Pierce

        Haha, John is mad. That means keep doing whatever you’re doing. God smiles on you everytime you make a liberal angry. Seriously, it is great karma.

        Aww what’s the matter Johnny, you gonna report that to AttackWatch little guy?

      • jeff

        its so true… not from same jeff

    • John

      Google HAARP .

      • Dave Shaffer

        Google “tin foil hat”

      • Apryl

        My first thought too!

    • joeh

      I used to see these things all the time when I lived in Las Vegas. The weird thing about them is they seem shoot in real quick and then slow to a stop before they go out. The “fireworks” description is pretty close. They seem to drip for a few seconds, green the most prevelent color, but we’ve seen them multicolored as well. A few seconds after they stop they go out. Did see one once or twice that flared into a very small rainbow blotch and hung there for a few minutes. The Nevada test site once claimed they were testing flares or that was the story anyway. They’re very cool, and the first few times you see them it kinda makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Kinda unreal, like one of those “that should not be there moments”. Remember, if you never look up, you’ll never see them.

    • Ted

      I wonder if they are just here to pick up one of their team, Obama Bin Lyin?

    • bry

      I saw the same thing in NY with my friend, it was fallling down above 25 ft above the trees an disapeared

  • Chris Miramontes

    While I was talking to my brother in Yucca and I in Fontana we both saw an orange light in the sky, turning into a green ball with tail.

  • Jasmin Salcido

    I saw what I thought to be a shooting star, it was BIG and came down to Earth with alot of FORCE. The tail appeared to be on fire. I wonder what it was?

    • spectrawatt

      IRON MAN!

    • Rex

      Maybe it was Michelle coming home from one of her million dollar taxpayer paid vacations?

  • Jacob Castro

    Me and my mom were sitting on our couch in our apartment in Lake Elsinore and we both saw it. It was a small bright light that fell to the ground very quickly.

  • jeanne

    We live in Indio, Ca. My husband said he blue light with like a spark behind it but m]was moving sideways than downward.

  • eteamer

    Illeagle fire works can cause fires. And LSD is bad for you. 909ers!

    • blwilk25

      My eagle is a firework?

    • xyzguy1

      I’m not sure ill eagles take LSD just to watch fireworks and feel better; but they do believe in UFO’s.

  • Jacqueline Jimenez

    I saw here in West Anaheim. I was looking out my window and saw shooting thought the sky. It was changing green and white.

  • Ebikeguy

    I was walking my dog in Porter Ranch (near Northridge) and I saw something in the Southeast falling toward the earth at about 8 or 8:15. It was lit up with strange colors. I thought it was a plane crashing.

  • Raquel

    My friend and I was out walking in Beaumont and saw the light also. It was bright and with red sparks on the tail end. We thought it was an airplane about to crash so we hurried along looking for a ball of fire or smoke to erupt, but that never happened. That is totally strange.

  • Chris Miramontes

    They keep saying it was a meteor. But to me it looked like an airplane flying horizontal at first then started falling to the sky with a tail.

  • The Solis Family

    My kids were playing with the nieghbor hood kids and they came running inside to tell me what they saw they said it was a object in the sky that changed colors and then it started to drop red lights like fire balls

  • marissa

    I live in Riverside and saw it around 740 when my kids and I returned from dinner. We initially thought it was a falling star but it grew larger, brighter and bright green as it descended. Pretty freaky..odd weather, earthquake, random things falling from the sky.

  • Sonia Alvarez

    hi i live in hemet and i saw it to and was real scared and it turn into a box after it was a circle bright and with a color orange blue and green and it when east but it was big real big

  • Shadow Hills High School Family

    We were leaving the Back to School night at Shadow Hills High School in Indio when we saw the light. Everyone was wondering what it was….hmmmmm

    We thought it was fireworks, but nothing indicated that it was a firework, or anything else similar to fireworks, airplane, etc.

  • Monsieur
  • Angela Bonetto

    We live in Simi Valley and saw it. It was very large and slow moving to the southeast. Between three of us, we all saw different colors.

  • Peter

    Just yesterday I believe it was JPL talking about a research satellite about to de-orbit. Thay were not sure exactly when or where.

    Peter, Irvine

  • Tony Canchola

    I live in Blythe. I seen a big ball of light that fell from west to east. I thought it was a shooting star but was too big to be one. Beautiful!

  • Mike and Mike

    My daughter’s fiance and I were sitting out in front of my house when he pointed up to the sky and said “check that out”. It was what appeared to be a HUGE falling star that we seen originally at about 12:00 looking due south and continued all the way to the horizon’s edge from west to east. It was very, very bright, blue originally and as it headed downward, seemed to turn more greenish as it headed downward. Freakin’ awesome!!!

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  • Eric Landin

    Saw the Lights But was no UFO Looked like a Plane With A White Light In the middle and a Green To the the right wing and Blue on the Left Wing.
    Eric Landin Whittier, California

  • kaley

    i saw it in temecula green with a tail. looked like a plane crashing down.

  • Rebecca Seilala

    Me and some friends were outside the other night when we witnessed this glowing greenish blue globe shoot down pretty fast but, then an hour later we seen it shoot back up into the sky and disapear but, the weird thing about it was that it wasnt far enough into the sky to where we couldnt see it anymore it just disapeared into thin air. Rebecca Seilala San Bernardino

    • John

      Just google HAARP and you’ll understand exactly what this was.

      • Robin

        Nope, it’s nothing like anything on the HAARP website. They one I’ve seen moves horizontally, doesn’t fall, can be seen clearer with binoculars, has many rotating colors (brilliant, like no colors I’ve ever seen before) orbiting a greyish core. It appeared three times over ElDorado, Ca, in the first week of Dec, Jan and Feb this year. I’m going to watch for it next month (March, 2012.) I’ve had several people come by to see it. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life, and I’m in my sixties.

  • westside chick

    I guess it is a good thing that more people are outdoors for once. More people should be getting more fresh air more often. Keep up the good work folks. I was indoors working so I did not see a thing.

    • Jeezus

      i love you.

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