On Saturday, a number of people from Southern California to Nevada and Arizona were perplexed by a bright light streaking across the sky — so much so that the hashtag “#UFO” began trending on Twitter.
As Twitchy reported, quite a few took video of the event and posted it to the social media site:
— Pierson Fodé (@PiersonFode) November 8, 2015
— Preston Phillips (@10NewsPhillips) November 8, 2015
Apparently there's a UFO in LA ☄ pic.twitter.com/eRwP7nbmDL
— Was @1DupdateOTRA (@1DBreakUpdates) November 8, 2015
It turns out the “UFO” was actually a Trident II (D5) missile launched from the USS Kentucky, an Ohio class submarine.
The missile was not armed, according to the statement, and tests are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure reliability of the system.
Residents from Ventura to as far as Nevada and Arizona took photos and videos of the strange phenomenon around 6 p.m.
But was it part of a secret military maneuver being conducted in the Pacific? ABC said that isn’t known yet.
On Friday, ABC reported that military “maneuvers over the Pacific are forcing a change in Los Angeles International Airport landings late at night…”
ABC added: “The military is not saying what exactly is causing the change, and LAX claims it’s also in the dark.”
“What’s going on this week is a mystery,” the report says. ABC’s video report can be seen below:
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