Sky Lights Identified as Rocket Re-Entering Earth's Atmosphere

By: AP
By: AP

Descriptions range from an "unreal bright light" to a "spectacular fireworks display."

Those are just a few of the comments from people who witnessed a light show in the skies over Colorado Thursday Morning.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and the United States Northern Command, better known as NORAD and NORTHCOM, released a joint statement on the event. Major April Cunningham says an S-L-4 rocket body re-entered the Earth's atmosphere over Colorado and Wyoming early today. Initial reports indicate a piece of the rocket landed in Riverton, Wyoming about 6:13.

Calls started pouring in to law enforcement authorities and media outlets about that time, as thousands of people witnessed streaks of light racing across the sky from north to south.

Authorities say the Russian rocket was used to launch a French satellite late last month.

There have been no reports of injuries.


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