‘Mystery Lights’ Over San Diego

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Mystery solved.

UPDATE: A Navy spokesperson says those lights seen in the sky tonight are flares. An aircraft squadron is performing "flare training" about 30 miles off the coast of San Diego. The lights might be seen intermittently through Thursday night, when the drills are expected to end.

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CBS 8 reported that the flares were specifically from Squadron VMGR-325 (a.k.a. “The Raiders”) or the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/san-diego-mystery-lights_us_5b877cc9e4b0511db3d4ac4c
 
This has happened before, maybe even the same place. The flares "disappear" because there is actually a mountain range there that you cannot see in the dark, and the flares drop below the ridge on the opposite side.

Edit: Phoenix in 1997. I couldn't find it, but I remember two images superimposed, one day of the mountain range, one night with flares. The point at which they disappear was in perfect alignment with the mountains.
 
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