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PHOTOS: Mysterious lights in sky over Spokane Monday night

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One of many pictures sent in to our newsroom after a mysterious light raced across the skies of the Inland Northwest Monday night. One of many pictures sent in to our newsroom after a mysterious light raced across the skies of the Inland Northwest Monday night.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - We often count on our wonderful viewers to let us know when they see news happening, and judging by the volume of phone calls that flooded our newsroom last night, we were pretty sure the plot from the movie Red Dawn was coming to fruition. 

Phone call after phone call, viewers were telling us about mysterious lights racing across the skies above Spokane. Well, once we started investigating, we found explanations for this phenomenon were a little bit mixed. 

Aliens? No. 

A UFO? Well, yeah. For a brief period of time it was an unidentified flying object.

First, the National Weather Service in Missoula confirmed to us it was a meteor. 

But according to aerospace.org, the lights were actually a piece of Russian (Hey, Red Dawn!) space debris. The website said it was an SL-24 rocket body, originally launched in July of 2006 during a space station mission. 

Let's add to the confusion here, shall we. NASA also confirmed it was falling space debris, but they said it was a rocket body used in the launch of a Chinese satellite. (Ok, now we're getting closer to the 2012 remake of Red Dawn. But hey, at least that one took place in Spokane! Although that North Korea was the threat in that movie, not China. Nevermind.)

So with two credible agencies chiming in, we'll be following up to find out exactly what it was, but for now, in case you missed it, check out some of the photos our viewers took in the slideshow above. And if you took any pictures, we'd love to see them! Please email them to newstips@khq.com

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