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Fireball Remains a Mystery

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That's just a sunset, but pretend it's a fireball, okay? | Photo by Travis Hornung via Flickr

There is still no explanation of the fireball that soared through Southern California skies yesterday morning at about 10:40 a.m. "I was in downtown Los Angeles on the 31st floor of my office and just happened to look out the window to see a bright white streak disappear behind the the San Gabriel Mountains. It was over in an instant. It was huge, at least as wide as the moon, but it had a tail," wrote Brian Bartholomew in an LA Times comments section.

Most reports of witnessing the fireball came from within Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Even "fire crews in Barstow and on I-15 near Stateline reported seeing an object in the sky moving very fast across the northern sky and described it as yellowish green in color with streaks of debris. It looked like it burned up before it hit the ground," according to an LA Times report.

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Some thought it may have been an aircraft, but the FAA claims they have no missing planes on record. archived the radio calls between some agencies and reports that "some experts believe it was space junk burning up as it entered the Earth's atmosphere."