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Feb 17, 2013 12:04 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bright streak of light reported over Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An American Meteor Society official says an unusual flash of light over the San Francisco Bay Area was likely a sporadic meteor, or fireball, and not a major event.

Californians reported seeing the flash Friday, hours after a meteor exploded over Russia and injured more than 1,000 people.

Mike Hankey of the American Meteor Society says his group recorded at least 35 reports of the event. He says fireballs happen every night, but given the publicity of the Russian event, people are more likely to notice things in the sky.

On Friday, the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland also reported receiving calls describing what appeared to be a fireball flying west around 8 p.m.

Jonathan Braidman, an instructor at the center, described the object based off reports as likely being a small piece of an asteroid that "somehow" got on a collision course with the earth.

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