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article imageSouthern California sky lights up with reported fireball

By Mike White     Nov 7, 2013 in World
What was that light? From San Diego to Santa Barbara Southern Californians have reported a fireball. Forecasters believe what they saw was probably a meteor that streaked across the sky.
The sightings began about 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Fox news reported the sightings are probably associated with the South Taurids. The South Taurids meteor shower is especially active in early November. According to astronomers, the Taurids are a large number of extremely bright meteors that resemble fireballs, although there are not many visible meteors.
There were numerous reports of the sightings on Twitter. Few people, if any, were able to capture video or picture images, however.
According to a Tweet from Comedian Eli Braden, he witnessed "an absolutely INSANE meteor in the sky above Glendale, CA ... Either that or the alien invasion has begun."
The newsroom of a local NBC television station was flooded with calls reporting people had witnessed the fireballs. The National Weather Service received calls too.
"I saw it while I was driving," viewer AnnMarie Tweeted. "I thought it was a firework!"
The television stations had reports of sightings in San Diego, Temecula, Palmdale, Coachella Valley, Ontario, Tustin, Palm Springs, Malibu, Brea, Pomona, Redlands, Chino, Seal Beach, Long Beach, Fresno, Anaheim, San Bernardino and Los Angeles.
A Los Angeles viewer sent a video of the fireball.
CNN reported the North American Aerospace Defense Command also said the fireball was likely a meteor shower.
There were sightings of the meteors as far away as Utah, Arizona and Las Vegas.
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