Last night, 8/25, just after 10pm, neighbors throughout Santa Fe Hills began noticing at least two very bright orange flares floating in the sky in the North West direction. Initially, for many, this felt like a freaky/fun UFO sighting. However, being that this was the same direction of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, it was quickly (and correctly) assumed that the lights were from some sort of military test.
Through the power of social media, neighbors began sharing more info about these lights. First, a video from YouTube showing a similar flare with the description: “N Battery 5/14 Range-Lat Spread Illumination Spread – This is a Range-Lat spread where we fire 4 guns and time the fuzes so that the rounds function about 800 meters above the ground. The Illum rounds have 1 million candle watt power and each one lights up about 1000 square meters. ”