Crashing UFO allegedly releases orb over California

A man recently observed a UFO streaking through the sky over southern California.

The witness, Ken Roberts, noticed the unusual object while driving, and stopped to record the incident on video. This video shows the bright object streaking through the sky, leaving a long tail in its path. While this UFO is burning across the sky, a strange bright object is seemingly ejected from the UFO. This second object shoots off in what appears to be the opposite direction of the larger UFO.

(Credit: YouTube/Ken Roberts)

(Credit: YouTube/Ken Roberts)

The witness describes:

I was driving home after work when this UFO or whatever you call it caught my eye. I pulled over in front of somebody’s house to film it. I would have got a better shot but I didn’t want to jump these peoples fence. Anyway I don’t know what the hell to make of it. Couldn’t have been a plane cause there was no noise. And I never heard a crash after either. The Orb thing flew straight up into the sky and disappeared. Sorry I didn’t film that. I didn’t know what to focus my attention on.

There is nothing in the video to suggest that the larger UFO is anything but a meteorite. And it is normal to see other aerial objects originating from a meteorite as it breaks up during the rapid decent to Earth.

A fireball meteorite breaking up. (Credit: NASA)

A fireball meteorite breaking up. (Credit: NASA)

But the smaller orb UFO in this video behaves differently than typical meteorite debris. It is peculiar for a single object to drift away from a meteorite, then, allegedly, fly “straight up into the sky.”

It is unclear from where in southern California this video was recorded. The date of the incident is also unknown. But the video was uploaded to YouTube on Monday, January 5. There were no UFO sightings reported to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in southern California during the past couple days. But, according to the American Meteor Society’s website, many California witnesses observed a fireball meteorite streaking through the sky on the evening of Saturday, January 3. But those witnesses are in northern California. One witness did describe that “some fragments seemed to emanate from the tail as it fell.” Another witness reported, “I saw a secondary little fireball (very light) at the time of maximum brightness of the first fireball.”

The Epoch Times points out another possible explanation for the video–the whole thing might be a fabrication. Some believe both the main object and the strange orb in the video were added to the video using computer software. A Reddit user comments, “I think this is faked. The explosion sound is synchronized with the separation of the object, which doesn’t seem possible for the implied distance. The masking on the main object gets sloppy near the end of the video, for example as it emerges from around the pole and passes behind/over the last wire. Also just before the last movement of the camera away from the small object, you can see the mask on the main object slip a bit ahead of time.”

It’s unclear if something unusual was truly captured on video, or if this video is a simple for-profit creation. Shortly after the video was posted to YouTube, another YouTube user posted a comment in response to the video, expressing interest in the video and proposing an offer for use of the footage. The description of the video has now been updated to inform viewers that this YouTube user, who aggregates videos on a YouTube channel related to UFOs, ghosts, and other paranormal topics, has been given “exclusive rights to use the video.”

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