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PHOENIX – Many residents around Arizona have reported seeing a “glowing object” fly across the night sky Wednesday.
Some experts believe it was either a fireball or a bright meteor. ABC15 started getting reports of the object around 7:45 p.m.
Our multimedia journalist Brien McElhatten captured two photos when he saw a glowing orange light before an object started streaking across the sky.
One photo shows how the glowing light looked in Chandler. The other image was taken as McElhatten kept the shutter open to show the object streaking across the sky.
”It had a big old tail, and it was so bright. I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing,” Valley resident Holly Pickard told ABC15.
Law enforcement in the Valley also saw the object.
“We received four calls (total) regarding the light in the sky,” a Phoenix Police spokesman told ABC15. “Our air unit, myself, and other officers also observed it as well. We all made our wishes and went back to work.”
A spokesman with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said their aviation unit did confirm seeing the meteor over Deer Valley Airport, but there haven’t been any reports of an impact site.
Many of our viewers are also sounding off about it on the ABC15 Facebook page.
Sharon Roesch wrote, “It was huge and incredible- we were driving and too much in shock.”
Althea Keegan wrote, “It had a green tail and burned out just as I had my camera ready to snap a picture.”
The ABC15 newsroom confirmed that there have been similar reports in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
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.
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.