LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A streak of light that apparently sparked several reports across Southern California was not considered to be a public threat, according to fire officials.
Over 40 reports from eyewitnesses around the Southland and statewide reported the sight to the American Meteor Society (AMS) around approximately 10:30 p.m. on Thursday night.
Residents from cities as far north as Sacramento, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara and as far south as Malibu and Costa Mesa reported a “brief tail of light” – described as everything from blue to white to bright green in color – traveling in a east-southeast to west-northwest direction across the night sky.
Sightings were also reported in Montebello, Anaheim, Palm Desert, Alhambra, Canyon Country, Arcadia, Laguna Niguel, Burbank, Van Nuys, Glendale, Pasadena, San Fernando, and other cities.
The flood of reports prompted the Los Angeles Fire Department to respond on Twitter: “We are in routine operations. There are no emergencies in Los Angeles related to the sighting of a bright light in our atmosphere.”
We are in routine operations. There are no emergencies in Los Angeles related to the sighting of a bright light in our atmosphere.—
(@LAFD) February 22, 2013
One Instagram user claimed to have captured an image of the object, adding “Truly feel lucky [to] have seen one of these tonight! #meteor #small #toclose #scary #exciting!”
The location from which the images was taken remained unclear.
CBS2′s Jackie Johnson was among those who wanted to know more about the sighting.
So I'm hearing yet another meteor shooting across the sky, this time in LA just a few hours ago…anyone see it??—
Jackie Johnson (@JackieJohnsonLA) February 22, 2013
The official government Twitter page of the city of Pasadena was also seeking answers.
Giant fireball meteor over Los Angeles a moment ago!!!!—
Alex Rubalcava (@AlexRubalcava) February 22, 2013
The sighting comes nearly one week after an estimated 10-ton meteor exploded over the Ural Mountains in Russia and caused over 1,000 injuries.
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