SAN DIEGO – Numerous sightings of fireballs with streaking vapor tails were seen propagating together across the night sky shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego logged multiple incidents over metro San Diego and San Clemente Island, with additional sightings as far North as Los Angeles.
Preliminary reports suggest that the phenomenon possibly resembled characteristics of the recent Perseid meteor shower.
According to the U.S. Navy’s 3rd Fleet Public Information Officer Lt. Holland, the USS Makin Island group is currently training in the area. However, no “live fire” exercises were ongoing at the time of the reports. Additionally the USS Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group was not present in the areas where the sightings were reported. Lt. Holland noted that “No Navy helicopters were deployed to intercept the group of fireballs that were seen.”
The fireballs caught on dashcam video seem to propagate together at a much slower speed and lower elevation compared to where meteors are typically seen. The mysterious fireballs were moving markedly slower than the Perseid meteors, which fall to earth at nearly 130,000 mph, but typically burn-up in the upper atmosphere, 60 miles above the earth’s surface.
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