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Mystery Fireball Puts on Sky Show Over Wide Area

December 29, 1989

A large, greenish fireball flashed across the sky at high altitude Thursday evening, putting on a celestial display visible from the Grand Canyon to San Diego, authorities said.

Pilots flying between 13,000 feet and 35,000 feet reported seeing the fireball over Arizona and Nevada, Federal Aviation Administration officials said. Coast Guard officials in Long Beach said they had received reports of sightings from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

A spokesman at Griffith Observatory said they did not have sufficient information to determine what caused the fireball.

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