Russian rocket debris seen

According to U.S. officals, the cause of a bright light seen in the sky across Southern California, Nevada and Arizona earlier in the eveningwas debris from a Russian rocket.

U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn said the fireball was an SL-4 rocket body booster from Russia that was launched Monday. She said the booster re-entered Earth’s atmosphere over Arizona at approximately 7:08 p.m. local time (9:08 p.m. EST).

As reported by USA Today, Thousands of people saw the light Tuesday, sending them into a social media frenzy reminiscent of the unannounced Nov. 7 Navy missile test that caused a similar streak to be seen across the Western U.S.

A streak of light is seen over an apartment complex in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. U.S. Military officials say the streak of light seen burning across the sky by people in three Western states was debris from a Russian rocket re-entering the atmosphere. (Gunnar Lindstrom via AP)

A streak of light is seen over an apartment complex in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. U.S. Military officials say the streak of light seen burning across the sky by people in three Western states was debris from a Russian rocket re-entering the atmosphere. (Gunnar Lindstrom via AP)

Eye witness reports from  Tuesday report a bright white glow and several other streaks could be seen as it broke apart.

Airport officials in Las Vegas and Los Angeles confirmed to local media outlets that the object was not a plane.

Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Chelsea Stuenkel told Fox 5 Vegas that police were called to an area to investigate a possible meteor impact, but nothing was found. Similarly, the Los Angeles Police Department told the Los Angeles Times that it had not received any calls related to the lights.