by the Left Coast Rebel
A missile launch off of Southern California? 8 News in San Diego, via Memeorandum:
(ABC)The mystery of a missile launch last night off the Southern California coast deepened today as U.S. military officials said they were still checking to see if the missile was one of theirs.The unmistakable contrail of a missile streaking into the California sunset wascaptured on video last night by a KCBS news helicopter flying over Los Angeles at around 5 p.m. Pacific time.
The missile firing drew more attention when local news stations were told by Navy and Air Force officials that they did not launch a missile last night.
Flying above Los Angeles, the crew aboard the helicopter estimated the missile was fired approximately 35 west out to sea, north of Catalina Island.
The missile appeared to have been launched at sea, which prompted speculation that it had been launched by a U.S. Navy vessel.
However, Navy officials contacted by local news stations said they were unaware of a missile launch in that area. Contacted by ABC News, a Navy official said today they were still looking into the report, but, a preliminary check indicated it was not a Navy asset.
U.S. Northern Command said it's investigating. They say there was no launch last night from Vandenberg Air Force Base which is a regular launch point for the testing of missiles.
"NORAD and USNORTHCOM are aware of the unexplained contrail reported off the coast of Southern California yesterday evening," the agency said in a statement. "At this time, we are unable to provide specific details, but we are working to determine the exact nature of this event. We can confirm that there is no indication of any threat to our nation and we will provide more information as it becomes available."