People are freaking out over this bright light that appeared in the sky over the US west coast

LightScreenshot/KRON4A view of the bright light seen across the San Francisco Bay Area sky Saturday night, November 7, 2015.

Social media lit up Saturday night because of reports about a bright light that appeared in the sky over the west coast.

According to multiple reports, the light appeared to be trailing an object before eventually burning out. It could be seen from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area. Local news outlets have suggested the light could be the result of a meteor shower.




Video of bright light that left green film in sky, seen all across western U.S. shot by my wife in South #SanDiego.
— Preston Phillips (@10NewsPhillips) November 8, 2015

Similar occurrences have been noted when the US Military conducts exercises in local airspace. Reuters reported late Saturday afternoon that nighttime flights into and out of Los Angeles International Airport would be diverted away from airspace over the Pacific Ocean for precisely that reason.

The military and FAA usually do not disclose the nature of the exercises, and did not comment for Reuters, but the wire services reports that airspace over the Pacific Ocean was “activated” Friday night for the military activity. It’s expected to remain off-limits to other aircraft until Thursday.

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