Witnesses from Southern California to Reno, Nevada reportedly “went into a tizzy” when they spotted a bright, blue-green, mysterious, long-lasting light in the sky on Saturday evening (November 7, 2015).
The light reportedly movied from south to north over a period of five minutes or more. Many saw it, as it sailed across the sky around 6 p.m. PST (8 p.m. CST). Translate to your time zone.
Later, the light was found to be an unarmed Trident missile test-fired by the U.S. Navy, from a submarine off the coast of Southern California.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 8, 2015
A Navy spokesman, Cmdr. Ryan Perry, told The San Diego Union-Tribune that the Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted the missile test at sea Saturday from the USS Kentucky, a ballistic missile vessel.
And local TV station KLTA reported that
Light seen in OC sky was confirmed through JWA tower to be a Naval test fire off the coast.
Bottom line: The mysterious light was seen over Los Angeles and in various western states on Saturday night – November 7, 2015 – was confirmed to be an unarmed Naval test fire off the California coast.
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