LOS ANGELES, CA – Hundreds of people are reporting a strange lights over southern California. Many have posted videos of the strange phenomena to social media. So far there are several theories about what they could be.
AccuWeather reports that fireballs light up the night sky this time of year. Each year the Earth passes through a stream left by the Comet Encke. The peak of the Taurid Meteor Shower is expected to occur from Nov. 5 through Nov. 12. There may be enhanced activity this year.
Los Angeles International Airport is changing flight patterns because of “mysterious maneuvers” over the Pacific, according to KABC-TV. A portion of airspace over the ocean is closed for military operations.
Kern County Fire Department said the light was caused by a test rocket launched at Edwards Air Force Base.
A witness posted this to Los Angeles’ Reddit forum:
Just watched this missile burn and then explode with a huge gas cloud expand really fast. We were looking North from Ramona, CA and the rocket appeared to be burning from West to East. There was a long contrail and the flames coming out were erratic. Then the flames stopped and about 30 seconds later the rocket became a very bright white light, and the gas clouds expanded from there. It had to be way up because the gas cloud expanded from our horizon to straight up in about 1 minute. Then there was the blue gas cloud that hung out for 10 minutes. Guessing it was a liquid fueled rocket, destructed deliberately.
It is not clear what these lights are. Check some them out for yourself here:
— ☯ ☯ ☯ ☯ (@sav_hilde) November 8, 2015
#OCSDPIO: Light seen in OC sky was confirmed through JWA tower to be a Naval test fire off the coast. No further details.
— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSD) November 8, 2015