Mysterious object in the sky Wednesday night confirmed as Chinese rocket

Posted at 1:47 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 16:56:59-04

The "Ball of Fire" that flew over Kern County and other areas of the western United States was a Chinese rocket re-entering the atmosphere, according to officials.

Kern County residents took to social media Wednesday night to discuss the strange object flying through the sky. There were mixed initial reports, some saying the object was a meteor.

The U.S. Strategic Command won't say if the rocket ever posed danger to people on the ground.