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It lit up the sky from Indio to Indian Wells and all the way to Cathedral City. The bright, white light stunned everyone who saw it.

"It looked like a big explosion in the and everybody came running out, and it was a sight to see man."

"Kind of like an explosion of a big, bright white light and it just shot across the sky."

Across the desert, people pulled over and got out of their cars to get a better glimpse of the free light show.

"It looked like a rocket. It had a weird glow to it."

"A huge jelly fish shaped, bright, white light. It was cool."

But what was the strange, glowing phenomenon? Everyone had a theory.

"I thought it was two airplanes that crashed."

"I just though it was a missile or something. Or a rocket ship."

"A sleigh or Santa. I don't know, A UFO?"

KMIR News can confirm that the bright lights in the western sky Friday night were from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket which launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:27 p.m and was carrying 10 satellites to Earth orbit.

The rocket's first-stage was previously used during a mission in June. The December launch was also the last of the year for SpaceX which launched a total of 18 rockets into earths orbit, the most Elon Musk's company has ever been able to achieve.

Viewer reports said that the launch could be seen all over Southern California and beyond.

Past launches the Falcon 9 rocket had also transported new satellites into earths orbit.

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