Southern California Residents Spot Meteor "Fireball" In The Sky

Many people in Southern California reported seeing a "fireball" in the sky overnight. Forecasters have said it was more than likely a meteor.

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Southern California residents have reported seeing a "fireball" in the night sky.

Reports starting coming in from people in San Diego and Santa Barbara around 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The National Weather Service have said this was more than likely a meteor associated with the South Taurids meteor shower which is active in early November.

Sky News report that astronomers say the Taurids doesn't produce a lot of visible meteors, but a higher number of extremely bright ones – which is more than likely what was seen last night.

People obviously took to Twitter to discuss what they saw:

Search "meteor" on Twitter right now. Something just happened over us and I'm not gonna freak out.

kelly oxford

@kellyoxford

Search "meteor" on Twitter right now. Something just happened over us and I'm not gonna freak out.

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I saw the entire sky turn white tonight in Carlsbad California.. I have never seen any such thing ! #sandiego #meteor

Brock

@Quasimotos

I saw the entire sky turn white tonight in Carlsbad California.. I have never seen any such thing ! #sandiego #meteor

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Sightings of a #fireball #meteor in the sky, followed by a #flash in Southern California minutes ago..

reneeroman300

@reneeroman300

Sightings of a #fireball #meteor in the sky, followed by a #flash in Southern California minutes ago..

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Local news stations had footage of what happened:

NEW: Screengrab from video (http://t.co/Ef9K3rXKqU) shows flash of blue light from #meteor http://t.co/ZkhnZNIxbA

Zachary Stieber

@ZackStieber

NEW: Screengrab from video (http://t.co/Ef9K3rXKqU) shows flash of blue light from #meteor http://t.co/ZkhnZNIxbA

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Although that didn't stop people from creating their own versions of what the meteor looked like:

Exclusive shot of #meteor over #LosAngeles. cc: @KTLANewsDesk @NBCLA #fireball #California #LA

Dan Rollman⚡️

@snerko

Exclusive shot of #meteor over #LosAngeles. cc: @KTLANewsDesk @NBCLA #fireball #California #LA

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Including this inevitable shot:

Wow. My friend I'm California just send me this pic he took of a huge meteor over Los Angeles!

Brad Gorman

@BradGorman

Wow.

My friend I'm California just send me this pic he took of a huge meteor over Los Angeles!

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People in Arizona, Nevada and Utah also reportedly saw the meteor.

Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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