LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A flash of light Thursday in the night sky over Los Angeles sent observers to social media to ask what it was and whether anyone else saw it.

Vandenberg Air Force Base said it launched no missiles Thursday, and experts at Griffith Observatory were checking into what people might have seen.

The light likely was a “light meteor flying through the atmosphere,” an official at the observatory said Thursday evening. A meteor shower taking place now is expected to peak Friday and Saturday.

Comments (6)
  1. It was not a missile or meteor, just two power-lines shorting out and causing an arc-flash. Corner of Pico and Redondo – I live right there and heard the “bzzzzt” / saw the flash through the window. Stepped outside to see if it was a blown transformer (that’s what it sounded like) and though I couldn’t see a transformer on that specific utility pole, the top of the pole was still on fire for a moment before it snuffed itself out, thus confirming the location of the arc. The lights had flickered in our house but the power did not go out. I couldn’t see what caused the short, but it didn’t seem to be there anymore (maybe a branch?) or do any permanent damage.

  2. didn’t see a flash I saw a square frame of light against the clouds. Lasted for at least 20 minutes.

  3. Jen Diamond says:

    It was a rocket launch from Space X. http://www.tmz.com/2017/12/22/spacex-rocket-launch-air-force-base-california/ I’m not a fan of TMZ but they have the same photos I have.

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