Missile test freaks out Southern Californians
November 9, 2015
A bright white light shot through Southern California skies Saturday night as the United States Navy conducted a ballistic missile test. Shortly after, law enforcement officials received panicked calls, and some residents posted videos on social media accompanied by theories involving aliens or meteors. [CNN]
Military officials say a planned test is taking place, and it will last until Nov. 12. On Saturday night, a non-armed missile was fired from the USS Kentucky, according to the Pentagon.
The USS Kentucky is a ballistic missile submarine. The Navy Strategic Systems Program conducted the test off the coast of Southern California.
Witness Matt McKee said the light initially looked like a gold shooting star, then burned for a few minutes and turned into a blue spotlight
“What was weird, the tail was light and wide and it got bluer and bluer. Then it just burned out and went away,” McKee said.
Los Angeles International Airport issued a statement announcing military airspace west of LAX will be active for a week. The test will cause traffic route limitations, and LAX will temporarily deviate from over ocean-operations, according to the airport’s statement.