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Military says object seen over Las Vegas was Russian rocket debris

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The object is seen breaking apart after streaking across the Las Vegas sky Dec. 22, 2015. (Roger Bryner/FOX5) The object is seen breaking apart after streaking across the Las Vegas sky Dec. 22, 2015. (Roger Bryner/FOX5)
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Military officials confirmed early Wednesday that an object seen streaking across the Las Vegas sky on Tuesday night was debris from a recently launched Russian rocket.

The object was first seen about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. People sent in many of pictures and videos of the object, showing the bright white streak as it fell toward the earth. After about 30 seconds, the object began to break apart. Then, several additional streaks could be seen.

According to the Associated Press, a spokeswoman for U.S. Strategic Command said the fireball seen over Arizona, Nevada and California was an SL-4 rocket body booster from Russia that was launched on Monday.

This isn't the first time a light in the Las Vegas sky has caused a stir. Last month, a missile test in the Pacific Ocean could be seen for thousands of miles.

Russia's Federal Space Agency declined to provide a comment to the AP.

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