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Coronado base claims mysterious lights that puzzled skygazers in San Diego

By ALEX RIGGINS | The San Diego Union-Tribune | Published: August 30, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — About a dozen mysterious lights lit up the sky west of San Diego on Wednesday night and their appearance set social media ablaze with theories regarding their source.

The mystery was solved when Fox5 reported that Naval Base Coronado claimed responsibility for the lights, said Fox5. A spokesperson reportedly told the television station that they were flares deployed from an aircraft squadron as part of training exercises about 30 miles off the coast.

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Uma Aggarwal and her son, Rishi Aggarwal, were in their Pacific Beach home when they first noticed the lights a little before 8:20 p.m., Uma Aggarwal told the Union-Tribune in a phone interview.

“They were hovering in place and they were extremely bright,” Aggarwal said. “It was the craziest thing.”

A cellphone video the family began recording at 8:21 p.m. showed the lights quickly fade away.

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Twitter users reported seeing the lights from as far east as La Mesa and Lakeside, and as far north as the San Pasqual Valley near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Some tweeted — mostly jokingly, it appeared — that the lights signified the start of an alien invasion. Other users theorized the lights were likely flares from military aircraft.

A Coast Guard spokesman said his agency had nothing to do with the lights. Around 9:20 p.m., personnel at the National Weather Service said the agency had not heard about the lights or received any calls about them.

The Navy did not immediately return a call from the Union-Tribune seeking comment Wednesday night.

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