California missile test sparks frenzy as residents suspect 'UFO' sighting

By AFP
Published: November 8, 2015
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LOS ANGELES: A missile test off the California coast sparked frenzy on social media and spooked residents Saturday who believed they had just seen a UFO.

The Twitter hashtags #Navy, #comet and #UFO were trending as social media users uploaded videos and pictures of the mysterious bright light illuminating the night skies.

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“There’s a UFO in Los Angeles. I’m so excited. I’m so ready,” tweeted Shane Dawson, well known for his YouTube videos.

“Los Angeles UFO? It was not a comet. My son saw the Unidentified Flying Object in Hollywood,” tweeted @AnnieJacobsen.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune said that the streaking light was visible as far away as Nevada and Arizona and authorities were reportedly flooded with calls.

But just when some were predicting the end of the world, officials moved to clear up the mystery.

“Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California,” Navy Cmdr Ryan Perry said in a statement to US media.

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“The tests were part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test.”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Bryan
    Nov 8, 2015 - 8:52PM

    Look at the UFO sighting at the Chinese airport in 2012.. Same exact type of UFO. If you watch this video you can see there is no feasible way that what people caught on film was a “rocket”.Recommend

  • cautious
    Nov 8, 2015 - 11:22PM

    @Bryan:

    If you watch this video you can see
    there is no feasible way that what
    people caught on film was a “rocket”.

    You obviously haven’t scene many rockets fired – and probably never one at night. Recommend

  • Cal
    Nov 9, 2015 - 12:57AM

    A missile??? Really?? Not even a dog would believe a lie like this. Recommend

  • We come in Peace
    Nov 9, 2015 - 2:30AM

    So since it is a trident missile i guess it does not come in peace?Recommend

  • Prada
    Nov 9, 2015 - 9:08AM

    Stop trying to “identify” an UFO. That is a contradiction in terms.
    When you say it is “unidentified”, that is where the conversation ends.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Nov 9, 2015 - 10:34PM

    This doesn’t look like a missile.Missile create a lot of smokes and lights that normally lits up whole surrounding area and very bright when those missile thrusters gets fired up.This is probably a UFO as US military has a reputation of hiding the UFO fact by saying that these are military exercises.SO it is either UFO or a complete new engine experiment by US military.Remember NASA has said they are developing a fuel less engine that can possibly in future be used for inter-planetary travels.So no fuel means no smoke only lights.Recommend

  • R.C.
    Nov 10, 2015 - 8:19PM

    UFO–stupid fools–there are no space aliens from other worlds. Recommend

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