Don’t Worry Angelenos, That Weird Light You Saw in the Sky on Saturday Isn’t What You Think It Is

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So Christina and I are driving on the 710 last night around 6:15pm on our way to my brother’s 40th birthday celebration when she spots a weird light zooming through the sky with a eery blueish / green trail.

A minor freak-out ensues, and it turns out she wasn’t the only one.


I think the can city’s reaction to the light show can best be summarized in the exchange captured on a phone vid taken in Malibu, embedded below:

(h/t: Reddit)

(via Matt Landes)

At the 10-second mark, a woman says, “It’s the end of the world!”

A few moments later…

Woman: “Matthew, what is it?!? What is it Matthew?!?”

Matthew: “I don’t know what is it?!?”

In that moment, it is safe to say we were all Matthew.

Here’s another angle from captured by YouTuber Julien Solomita (warning: some use of foul language and mild bro-ing out on this one).

The light from was visible throughout the skies of Southern California and could be seen as far away as Nevada and Arizona, which of course all added to the mystery.

But while everyone was pretty confounded in the moment, word soon got around that the light was part of a Navy Strategic System test launch of the Trident II (D5) missile from a submarine off the coast of Southern California.

According to a report from the San Diego Union Tribune:

“The test was part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test, said Cmdr. Ryan Perry with the Navy’s Third Fleet. Perry said launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system.”

The Tribune report also stated that the missile was not armed and that missile testing is not normally announced by Strategic Systems Programs.

Ok, so there you have it.

Nothing to see here.

These aren’t’ the UFOs you’re looking for.

Move along, move along…


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