Military mum on mystery missile
November 10, 2010
People are playing the guessing game across the country as U.S. military officials said Tuesday that they are trying to determine who supposedly launched a missile off the coast of southern California on Monday. [CBS News]
Spokesmen for the Navy, Air Force, Defense Department and North American Aerospace Defense Command said they were looking into a video posted on the CBS News website that appears to show a rocket or some other object shooting up into the sky and leaving a large contrail over the Pacific Ocean.
The video was shot by a KCBS-TV news helicopter in Los Angeles.
“Nobody within the Department of Defense that we’ve reached out to has been able to explain what this contrail is, where it came from,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said. “So far, we’ve come up empty with any explanation.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Authority said that they ran radar replays of a large area west of Los Angeles based on media reports of the location of a possible missile launch, but they did not reveal any fast moving unidentified targets in that area. The FAA also did not receive any reports of any unusual sightings from pilots in the area.
Officials had no information to make them suspect that the action was taken by any U.S. adversary.