Reports of the fiery display flooded social media, leaving locals to ponder its source.
The launch of a spy satellite from a Central California coastal base has been scrubbed for the fourth time in two weeks. "I'm thinking it's some sort of high-tech rocket that they're working on, possibly?"
Rocket launches from the California air base have created stunning light shows in the skies over the West Coast.
We're just minutes away from the Delta IV heavy rocket launch that set to lift off at 5:49 p.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base, according to the United Launch Alliance.
There were three rocket launches scheduled for Wednesday but all of those launches were scheduled to launch outside of California.
The bright squiggle in the sky may have mystified some, but savvy folks who spotted the flash recognized it as the signature of an exploding meteor, also known as a bolide. Oftentimes when a meteor burns through Earth's atmosphere it produces a bright flash and little else, but in this particular case a wispy cloud was produced in its wake. The society has already uploaded more than 40 images from people lucky enough to photograph the exciting event.