Streak of light over downtown L.A. caused by film shoot, not aliens or meteor, say police
Despite feeling weirdly on brand for 2019, aliens have not landed in Los Angeles.
A streak of red light visible across the city skyline Wednesday night had Angelenos wondering on social media whether they were witnessing everything from a fiery meteor to an incoming alien invasion. Instead, the LAPD ruined the fun by clarifying that the light had earthly origins.
“PSA: A meteor did not crash into Downtown Los Angeles, and no, it’s not an alien invasion…just a film shoot. This is Tinseltown after all,” the LAPD tweeted at 8:18 pm local time, later crediting Dennis Hegstad for the video.
The company earlier in the night retweeted LAPD’s post of the video and followed up with another tweet saying, “Looks like someone was getting the best view of the #supermoon.”
Per a press release about the event provided to EW, Red Bull was celebrating the third and final supermoon of 2019 with its team of skilled skydivers who jumped from a helicopter 4,000 feet over Los Angeles and “swooped into the downtown at more than 120mph.” That streak of light witnesses saw was caused by “sparking pyrotechnics that lit up the night sky as the sun set and the supermoon rose.”
Check out some of the tweets from witnesses below, which include shoutouts to our favorite movie aliens from the past, like E.T., and present, like Captain Marvel.