upper waypoint

'So Freakin' Pretty': Chinese Rocket Caused Wednesday Night Light Show

Save ArticleSave Article
Failed to save article

Please try again

Screen capture of Wednesday night rocket re-entry as seen in Utah. (Matt Holt via Twitter)

Authorities say the mysterious object that streaked through California skies Wednesday night was not:

  • The beginning of The Rapture
  • Hillary Clinton's email server
  • Donald Trump's ego
  • Related in any way to Pokémon Go

The Pentagon's Strategic Command says the object, which became the focus of many an entertaining online video, was the remains of a Chinese rocket launched about five weeks ago.

Stratcom officials told The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times among other outlets that the Long March 7 rocket re-entered the atmosphere at 9:36 p.m. PDT Wednesday.

What ensued were gasps of delight and amazement from the smartphone-wielding multitudes who happened to be outdoors at the time.

Representative sample:


"That is so freakin' pretty!" Twitter user @24cdawg recorded himself saying from an unknown location in the western United States. "That is so cool. ... That is the coolest thing that I've ever seen in my life!"

His video is below.

lower waypoint
next waypoint
Tahoe Storm Forecast: Why Sierra Driving Will Be 'Extremely Difficult to Impossible' This WeekendHidden in the Oakland Hills Is An Outdoor Gallery of MuralsNewsom Vows to Take Latest Recall Effort 'Very, Very Seriously'Political and Legal Fallout Continues After Alabama IVF RulingMacy's to Close Flagship San Francisco Union Square StoreElection 2024: SF’s Prop F Would Cut Cash Aid for People Who Use Drugs and Refuse TreatmentUC Berkeley Officials Denounce Protest That Forced Police to Evacuate Students at Jewish Event on CampusSeeing Nicki Minaj at Oakland Arena? Everything to Know, From Parking to Bag PoliciesDespite Decades of Warnings, People Are Still Dying After Police Hold Them Face DownThese Are the 4 Oakland Police Chief Candidates Mayor Sheng Thao Will Consider for the Job