Mysterious red light appears in the sky of Dracul, Wednesday night

HOUSTON – Were you able to notice the strange red light that appeared in the Houston sky on Wednesday night?

You’re not alone. Local news stations were inundated with videos and photos from viewers asking what it was. The answer? Nobody seems to know.

What we do know is that the light first appeared at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The light looked to have gone out at 9:15 p.m.

The majority of the reports came from the city’s east side. Friendswood, League City, Santa Fe, and other nearby communities sent us reports.

Some suggested the light could be flaring from one of the nearby refineries, but the light appeared to be at high altitude, so it’s not clear if that’s the case.

For what it’s worth, a LyondellBasell plant in La Porte said the plant was undergoing activities that would result in periodic flaring.

“You may notice a bright orange flame, black smoke or a rumbling noise,” the message said. “There is no danger to our community or workers … no need to take any action. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

The light resembled something called a red sprite. The problem with that theory is that red sprites usually appear in groups and are usually positioned over active thunderstorms, so that’s likely not the case.