Meteor? Aliens? Nah. Fiery Streak Over LA Was A Supermoon Marketing Stunt
22 March, 2019, 19:39 | Author: Darnell Taylor
As it turns out, it wasn't a space rock at all, but a marketing stunt.
The spectacle was reported around 7:30 p.m., with many taking to Twitter to share videos and photos of the sight.
"Did anyone else see a meteor fly over downtown L.A. and the six helicopters surrounding it now?!" one Twitter user wrote.
"A meteor did not crash into Downtown Los Angeles, and no, it's not an alien invasion.just a film shoot".
Los Angeles police took to Twitter Wednesday evening to tell the public that a streak of light seen moving across the sky near downtown was part of a film shoot. "This is Tinseltown after all".
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You can be sure you'll see footage from the jump in some Red Bull ad in the near future, but for now we can all rest easy knowing that L.A. didn't get wiped off the map by a meteor strike.
Others shared what they saw over the downtown area.
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