Mysterious Object in the Sky Reported in Santee

There was no plane crash according to law enforcement and fire officials

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013  |  Updated 12:07 PM PDT
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Object in Santee Sky May Have Been Meteor

Santee residents reported seeing a mysterious object falling from the sky on Dec. 17, 2013. Experts believe the object could have been a meteor. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports.

Object in Santee Sky May Have Been Meteor

Santee residents reported seeing a mysterious object falling from the sky on Dec. 17, 2013. Experts believe the object could have been a meteor. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports.
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Officials received calls from residents of San Diego County reporting something falling from the sky early Tuesday. 

San Diego County Sheriff's Department received several calls reporting something in the sky over State Route 52 at Mission Gorge in Santee.

Deputies checked the area where witnesses claimed to see something fall to the ground just before 5 a.m.

They told NBC 7 there were no aircraft missing or overdue at the nearby Gillespie Field.

Heartland firefighters assisted in the search and said they are considering the reports unfounded, believing the object may have been a meteor.

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There are two meteor showers happening right now and visible from Southern California.

The Geminid Meteor Shower peaked about two days ago. In fact, it was a fabulous showing this year according to NBC News.

The Earth passes through a trail of debris left behind by the asteroid Phaethon and draws stargazers all over the U.S.

“So it’s quite possible that something could’ve fallen from the sky in the shape of a meteor. It’s possible,” said NBC 7 Meterologist Jodi Kodesh.

NASA reports the shower was expected to be active through Dec. 16. 

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