Army skydivers with flares alarm residents

Jan. 7, 2011 at 7:15 PM

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Nighttime skydivers over Lake Elsinore, Calif., prompted phone calls from residents to authorities about fireballs falling from the sky, authorities said.

A spokeswoman with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said emergency dispatchers were "inundated with calls" Thursday night, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

"There were varying reports of what people thought they were seeing and an increased number of 911 calls," Cheri Patterson, a spokeswoman with the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department said.

It wasn't a flock of seagulls or meteorites falling from the sky but members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, known as the Golden Knights, making a jump while holding flares, said Melissa Nieburger, a spokeswoman with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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