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Occurred : 8/1/2010 00:50 (Entered as : 08/01/2010 0:50)
Reported: 8/1/2010 2:23:48 AM 02:23
Posted: 8/24/2010
Location: Long Beach, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:1 second
Saw bright green flash & streak, no accompanying sound, suspected copper/thallium-containing iron meteorite.

At approximately 12:50 AM, I and four friends were standing outside and witnessed a flash of neon-green light which brightly lit the entire sky. I was looking in the direction that the flash appeared to originate from, in the southwest portion of the sky near Douglas Park, (a new commercial and housing development near the Long Beach Airport) and saw a vibrant but undiscernible arc or point of green light low in the sky, slightly above the rooftop level of a house across the street. One friend of mine, who was facing the other direction, also saw the flash but observed that it lower in intensity and appeared to have come from behind him.

Several friends of mine living in an area in the general direction of the flash--in the Lakewood Country Club--reported having lost power at the time, several minutes later via facebook. The flash event lasted only a brief second, and neither I nor my companions heard any sort of noise in the seconds following the anomaly.

I suspect that the flash was caused by a copper or thallium-containing iron meteorite, which would explain the green color of the flash, the lack of accompanying sound, and EMP which knocked out power. I am an entering college student with an above-average scientific background. I wrote this report to provide a coherent, detailed explanation of the event that occurred in anticipation that other reports would be made.