Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Military and aviation officials said Tuesday they are clueless who might be responsible for launching what appeared to be a missile into the sky late Monday approximately 35 miles off the Southern California coast near Los Angeles.
The projectile was photographed by a KCBS news helicopter streaking northwesterly across the Pacific ocean toward Catalina Island.
Video posted online by the television station showed a luminous point hurtling through the sky followed by a long contrail.
Officials with the Defense Department, the Navy, the Air Force and FAA said they did not have any details on the object or its launch site. Pentagon officials said that initial indications were that the military was not involved.
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One naval official speculated the missile may have been launched by a U.S. Naval submarine as a show of strength to Asia. A peculiar remark considering the U.S. has good, working relationships with all Asian nations except North Korea.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times