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Fireball spotted over local skies Thursday night 

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Several California skywatchers from Los Angeles to Paso Robles to the Bay Area reported seeing a fireball in the sky Thursday night at about 10:35 p.m. Dozens of people told the American Meteor Society that they saw the fireball. Residents in Ventura, Anaheim, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Paso Robles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara posted on the group’s website.

  • Melodie G. of Paso Robles said she could see it for four seconds across 30-degrees of the sky and that it was green and yellow and  “glowing, squiggly train.”
  • Jason B of Sacramento reports “I saw the fireball as I was driving. It looked like it would have landed in the Rancho Seco area. It came straight down and was not very bright. Just hoping someone else seen it also. This is the first time I reported one of these.”
  • In an email to NBC4 News, Laguna Hills resident Patric Barry said he spotted the object out of his living room window at about 10:35 p.m. “I saw a light and looked directly at the meteor as it came down in the ocean off Corona Del Mar. Bits came off, and it was bright white,” he wrote.

ABC News reports that residents in Ventura, Anaheim, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Paso Robles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara reported seeing a bright light zoom across the sky.  The light came down in the ocean off Corona Del Mar. Bits came off, and it was bright white, ABC News reported.

The sightings come days after Bay Area residents were treated to a light show of their own when a fireball was seen streaking across the sky. Another fireball sighting was reported this month in Florida, but the most spectacular celestial event occurred when a meteor soared over Russia before the rock slammed into Earth’s surface, sending shockwaves across a widespread area. The sightings were reported as a 50-foot asteroid estimated to weigh 143,000 tons — dubbed 2012 DA14 — made an historic fly-by.



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