Mystery solved! Bright light seen in sky Monday night was Chinese rocket

SEATTLE -- The bright light seen over Washington state and other parts of the western United States earlier this week was actually a Chinese rocket reentering the Earth's atmosphere, it was reported Wednesday.

According to, NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office identified the bright light as a Chinese rocket body -- specifically, stage 3 of the CZ-4B rocket that launched the Yaogan Weixing 26 satellite in December. said the American Meteor Society received over 195 reports of fireball sightings late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, most centered over Idaho and the central Rockies.

There have been no reports of debris from the rocket making to the ground.

Click here to see the earlier Q13 FOX News story about local sightings.