LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Chinese rocket re-entered the atmosphere near California late Wednesday night around the same time many people shared video on social media of a mysterious bright object streaking across the night sky.
U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn wouldn't say if the rocket ever posed danger to people on the ground. She says the command often sees re-entries.
Ziegenhorn tells The Associated Press the Chinese CZ-7 rocket re-entered the atmosphere around 11:36 p.m. Central time. That's about the same time social media lit up with reports from Nevada, Utah and California of a small fireball streaking across the sky.
Ziegenhorn referred all other questions about the rocket to Chinese authorities
Officials from Nellis Air Force Base in southern Nevada had earlier told KTNV-TV the light was a meteor breaking up.
CBS News 8's Matt Baylow explains what the ball of fire in the night sky was and where it came from.
Here is some great video of the re-entry of this junk, after it's already broken into two pieces: https://t.co/bKK3NlBiWF— Matt Baylow (@MattBaylow) July 28, 2016
General consensus is that this was some space junk from a Chinese CZ-7 rocket that was launched less than 48 hours ago. The re-entry (1/2)— Matt Baylow (@MattBaylow) July 28, 2016
(2/2) track would bring it right over the SW US at about the time everyone saw the flash in the sky (which ultimately broke into two pieces)— Matt Baylow (@MattBaylow) July 28, 2016
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