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Trident missile launch sparks UFO freakout in Los Angeles and on Twitter

An unannounced Trident missile launch lit up the skies over Los Angeles on Saturday evening, setting off a hail of UFO stories, tense tweets and YouTube movies.

After the flare-up, the U.S. Navy confirmed that the USS Kentucky, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine that’s homeported on the Bangor submarine base on the Kitsap Peninsula, carried out a “scheduled, on-going system analysis check” in the Navy’s Pacific Take a look at Vary off the coast of Southern California. The missile was not armed, the Navy mentioned in its assertion.

It’s typical for the Navy to chorus from saying Trident check launches in advance, but it surely’s undoubtedly not typical for the launch to be witnessed by tens of millions of individuals in one of many nation’s most populous areas.


Because the missile rose, the sunshine in the sky flared right into a blue haze that endured for minutes and was reportedly seen as far-off as Phoenix. Studies flooded in to native authorities and the Nationwide Climate Service.

The phenomenon was paying homage to different nerve-rattling missile sightings, starting from the “space spiral” visible over Norway in 2009 to the waves of light that led Chinese skywatchers to marvel in 2012 to the Indian Ocean sightings of a SpaceX rocket fuel release in 2013.

Listed here are just some of the Twitter and Instagram postings that captured consideration.

My friend Ian and I just saw this in the sky above east LA. Can anyone explain it? Seriously it was a blue ball of light that spread wider and wider for about a minute then faded as the center continued to travel. Was I abducted!?

A submit shared by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Nov 7, 2015 at 6:24pm PST

Apparently there is a UFO in LA ☄

— 1D Updates (@1DBreakUpdates) November 8, 2015

Here’s my video of the impending doom! Enjoy! Sound muted to spare you the 100 “WTF”‘s.

A submit shared by Josh Groban (@joshgroban) on Nov 7, 2015 at 7:32pm PST

The UFO seen over L.A. tonight was simply the Demise Star moving into place

— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) November 8, 2015

“Aliens attacked once more, so undoubtedly put out a press launch saying it was only a missile or one thing.” “Yeah, OK, cool.”

— Adam Rogers (@jetjocko) November 8, 2015


— The Trippy Pics (@TheTrippyPics) November 8, 2015

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