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NASA Explains Source of Bright Light in San Diego Skies

NASA officials confirmed it was a bright meteor that entered the atmosphere just south of Oceanside and proceeded west at 36,000 miles per hour

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    Video from Faye Heddings who was recording a video with a friend living in Eastlake, California.

    (Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017)

    A meteor entered the atmosphere over Oceanside Monday, lighting up the night sky across San Diego County, NASA officials confirmed.

    The bright light was seen just after 9 p.m. in several different areas, including the City of El Cajon, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Talmadge, North Park, Pacific Beach, Solana Beach, Carmel Valley and Fallbrook.

    While some people reported seeing just a bright flash, others posted on social media they heard explosions as well. 

    NBC 7 received reports there could have been a plane crash in San Bernardino that cause the flash.

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    Video from Oak Park resident Leticia Odanga

    (Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017)

    We reached out to the San Bernardino Fire Department, and a spokesperson said there is no evidence of a plane crash.

    Dr. Ed Krupp, of Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory, said the light might have been an exploding bolide -- an extremely bright meteor that unleashes a flash as it explodes in Earth's atmosphere.

    However, early Tuesday, NASA officials confirmed it was a bright meteor that entered the atmosphere just south of Oceanside and proceeded west at 36,000 miles per hour.

    "The meteor had a peak brightness exceeding that of the Full Moon, which means we are probably dealing with a piece of an asteroid about a foot in diameter," NASA spokesperson Bill Cooke said.

    FAA officials told NBC 7 the bright light was believed to be a meteor and that the agency was not going to investigate further.

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