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Meteor's Fireball Blazes Across Southern California Sky, Freaks People Out

No, it wasn't a flashback from that last Phish concert.

Seems like sober people saw it too: A blazing streak of light across the sky last night. No word of an invasion. But Associated Press did call it "mysterious." Unidentified Flying Object?

Not really. According to AP, Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program, identified it:

... it's almost certain that the object was a fireball ... the size of a basketball or baseball that likely disintegrated before it hit the ground.

In other words it was a piece of meteor that broke off and burned up upon entering earth's atmosphere. Maybe.

Some people freaked out and called 911. It was seen from here to Arizona about 7:30 last night. But there's nothing to worry about. These things are all bark and no bite.

Yeomans said, "They make an impressive show for such a small object."

Sort of like Tom Cruise.

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