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Streaks of light above California were SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

The rocket, which is the 18th launched by Space X this year carried 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into space.

The streaks of light in the sky above California on Friday came from a SpaceX rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

SpaceX launched a rocket Friday night that streaked across the Southern California sky, prompting a flood of speculation about UFOs and Santa's new ride.

KGTV, our Scripps sister station in San Diego, California, said it received calls from "around San Diego county" from concerned viewers.

Cars stopped on freeways in Los Angeles so drivers and passengers could take pictures and video. The launch is the company's final venture of 2017.

Some speculated the UFO was an alien visit, to which tech entrepreneur Musk joked: "It was definitely aliens".

"Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea", he tweeted in a reference to the rogue communist country that has regularly tested ballistic missiles despite worldwide condemnation and sanctions. That time, the first stage landed on a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean.

This was the fourth set of 10 satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium's next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. SpaceX has made four launches and expects to make several more to complete the job by mid-2018.

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