US Military denies any record of mystery missile

November 9, 2010

[ChattahBox US News] – Residents of Southern California were treated to an unexpected, and so far unexplained light show last night when an apparent military warhead was launched just north of Catalina Island.

The unmistakable trail of a rocket was captured on video by a KCBS news helicopter as it hovered over Los Angeles at around 5pm local time.The mystery then deepened into concern when both Navy and Air Force officials told local news stations they had no record of any such launch even being scheduled.

The KCBS video footage shows the so-far unidentified object soaring skyward from a location around 35-miles west of the California coastline, just north of Catalina Island. This quickly provoked speculation that it came from U.S. Navy vessel.

But the Navy disavowed any knowledge of such a launch being invoked from any vessel run by their department;

“NORAD and USNorthCom are aware of the unexplained contrail reported off the coast of Southern California yesterday evening,” the agency told ABC in a statement. “We are working to determine the exact nature of this event, but can confirmĀ  there is no indication of any threat to our nation. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Later contacted by KCBS and other stations, local military leaders said they were still looking into the reports, but that a preliminary check showed it was not a U.S. Navy asset.

Vandenberg Air Force Base is close to the area in question, and is often used a launch point for military tests. But a spokesman at U.S. Northern Command told reporters there was no launch of any kind from that location last night…


One Response to “US Military denies any record of mystery missile”

  1. Old Man Dotes on November 9th, 2010 5:57 pm

    A lunch from Vandenberg wouldn’t appear to originate 35 miles out at sea, either. Look at a map, for pity’s sake.

    Speculation: A hobbyist might have built a godawful-big model rocket and launched it from a small boat, and is now afraid to come forward. Or terrorists might have launched something (which apparently didn’t do any harm).

    Or the entire thing might be a hoax by the TV station to drum up viewership. Is there a local “sweeps week” in L.A.?

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