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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.

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.

Comments (239)
  1. Nunya says:

    The Director of the Griffith Observatory should be immediately fired. How poor at your profession do you need to be to NOT know that:

    A. Meteors that last that long in the atmosphere are never that dim. They light the landscape up like it’s high noon.
    B. Such meteors travel MUCH faster than what we’re seeing in this video.
    C. If you wish to argue that the meteor was coming toward the camera, you must still explain the low luminosity, as well as the MULTIPLE and clear changes in elevation and direction, all while still traveling much slower than a meteor, and in apparently soundless fashion, sans the usual multiple sonic booms that accompany such entries into the atmosphere by such a large object in free-fall.

    This man should be stripped of any credentials or positions that label him a scientist for sheer f**k-wittedness.

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  2. ashley says:

    I am in casper wy and I saw it as well.it looked like an orbiting light that changed colors every once in awhile. I don’t think it was a meteor because it went on for over an hour and never got lower

  3. Anurag says:

    The UFO sighting were : Arizona,Las Vegas, Phoenix, California etc. If you know then Area 51 (Close to Groom lake, Nevada) is not very far from these location. They might be doing some testing on new aircraft and they don’t want people to know about it. C’mon people think about it, why most of the time we see UFO’s only in U.S. is it the best place for Aliens to come for vacation.
    Military people dont want to say anything and they keep us in dark,, because whatever happens at Area 51 stays at Area 51.. Eventually we will forget it.

  4. chucky says:

    I live in Fontana CA and I seen a bright light in the sky and then it nstarted flashing fast and then it started shooting orange like flames out the bottom of it. My son seen the same thing last week. What is it? Its too bad we couldnt ask the government because they don’t do anything about the illegal aliens running around the U.S.

  5. Armando says:

    I live in Upland and I just saw about 6 red/orange lights rising from the southern horizon. I live near an airport so I first thought it was an airplane but they didn’t blink and they moved kinda weird. Other people had to have seen these things.

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