A mysterious light show that illuminated the sky over parts of the Pacific Northwest on Thursday night was likely the remains of a SpaceX rocket that penetrated Earth’s atmosphere, authorities said.
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The stream of light, which resembled a meteor shower, shot over parts of Oregon and Washington state at around 9:00 PM, bewitching witnesses and causing some confusion about its origin.
‘Falling stars? Debris? Anyone else just saw this in Seattle? ” wrote Twitter user Fred Lu with a video of the passing debris.
Another witness wrote: “Ummm … I just caught this flying over my house in SW Portland.”
But the National Weather Service’s Seattle office said on Twitter that the light show appeared to be debris from the second stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which did not re-enter Earth’s atmosphere after launch on March 4.
“Here’s the unofficial information we have so far. The widely reported bright objects in the sky were the debris from a Falcon 9 missile second stage that did not successfully deorbit combustion,” They wrote
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“There are currently NO expected impacts on the ground in our region,” added the weather agency.