Flaming ‘meteor’ spotted above LA revealed to be publicity stunt
Many residents took to Twitter to share theories over what they had seen.
Police in LA have issued a statement after residents were left confused by what appeared to be a large meteor streaking through the sky.
A flame-like object flew over central LA on Wednesday night, leaving locals wondering if it was a rogue firework or a low-flying meteor.
Massive meteor falling on downtown Los Angeles tonight ☄️ pic.twitter.com/IPxh34YS5R— THESE DAYS (@thesedaysla) March 21, 2019
Residents took photos and speculated on Twitter, however police have now reassured people that it was in fact a publicity stunt.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said: “A meteor did not crash into downtown Los Angeles, and no, it’s not an alien invasion… just a film shoot. This is Tinseltown, after all.”
Twitter user Dennis Hegstad asked after spotting the lights: “What is this flying item on fire above downtown Los Angeles?”
The stunt, organised by Red Bull, involved a team of skydivers, base jumpers and free-flyers jumping from a helicopter wearing wing-suits covered in LEDs and pyrotechnics.
What is this flying item on fire above downtown Los Angeles? pic.twitter.com/3tUu0jKL8L— dennis hegstad (@dennishegstad) March 21, 2019
The company said the stunt aimed to celebrate the third and final supermoon of 2019, which coincided with this year’s spring equinox.
It is the first time a supermoon – a full or new moon that coincides with the closest the moon comes to the Earth in its orbit – has landed on the same day as the spring equinox since 1981.