Mystery Fireball in Western Skies Confirmed Chinese Space Junk

A mysterious light streaking across the night sky captivated people in parts of California, Utah and Nevada on Wednesday night, fueling their imaginations with possible UFOs, a meteor or even a plane crash. 

But it turned out to be none of those things as the National Weather Service confirmed that it was in fact not a meteor but a piece of space junk. Further analysis confirmed it as the second stage from the first Chang Zheng 7 rocket launched June 25 from China.

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Nonetheless, it was one amazing sight as particles from the object seemed to break apart and streak across the sky like fireworks. Video of the spectacle spread across social media with analysts scrambling Wednesday night to issue an explanation.  

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