A mysterious light show that lit up the sky over parts of the Pacific Northwest Thursday night was likely the remains of a SpaceX rocket that entered Earth’s atmosphere, authorities said.
The stream of lights, which resembled a meteor shower, swept through parts of Oregon and Washington state around 9 p.m., hypnotizing witnesses and causing some confusion as to its origins.
“Shooting stars? Debris? Did anyone else see this in Seattle just now? wrote the Twitter user Fred Lu with a video of the debris passing by.
Other witness wrote: “Ummm … I just saw this flying over my house in southwest Portland.”
But the Seattle office of the National Weather Service said on Twitter that the light show appeared to be debris from the second stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which was unable to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere after its launch on March 4.
“Here is the unofficial information we have so far. The widely reported bright objects in the sky were debris from a second stage Falcon 9 rocket that failed to achieve a desorb burn. ” they wrote.
“There are no expected impacts on the ground in our region at this time,” the meteorological agency added.