Meteor Lights Up Northern California Sky

A peculiar object seen streaking across the skies of Northern California over the weekend was likely a meteor sighting, officials have deduced.

Sgt. Cecile Focha, spokeswoman for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, said emergency dispatchers began receiving calls about a suspected plane crash just before 1 p.m. on Saturday, but no such crash had occurred.

“There was no evidence of where the object landed. Something got lobbed at the earth.”

Witnesses described it as a glowing, tadpole-shaped object that darted across the sky, heading towards the Pacific Ocean.

“It was amazing,” said Santa Rosa resident Mark Morelli, who saw it while driving on Guerneville Road. “The tip was bright green and it had a really long tail.”

The event was witnessed by individuals from Valley Ford to Santa Rosa, and as far as Fort Bragg. The American Meteor Society received 34 reports on the incident.

Alan Buis, a spokesman for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, has confirmed that a satellite launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base would have been visible along the North Coast that morning, but not in the afternoon when most of the sightings were reported. The afternoon event is therefore unlikely to be related, he said, adding that meteor sightings are not uncommon.

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