Flashes of light seen in San Diego County sky part of Taurid meteor shower

SAN DIEGO - The bright flashes of light some San Diegans saw in the sky Wednesday evening were part of the Taurid meteor shower.

The flashes of light were reported at about 8 p.m.  Viewers from around the county, including Encinitas, Carlsbad, Sorrento Valley, El Cajon, Ramona, Julian, Tierrasanta, San Carlos, Lemon Grove, Alpine, Lakeside, Chula Vista and central San Diego said they saw them. The lights were even seen in Brawley and Imperial County.

It was unlike anything Monica Castleberry had ever seen before.

"At first I'm like, 'Oh, beautiful, that's an ordinary shooting star, I've never seen one like that before' but then when it gets big, red and flaming I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, is that a meteor?'" she said.

The Taurid meteor shower is seen and most often visible in October and early November, usually shooting between two and 10 meteors and known for their known for their big bright fireballs.

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