Last night the normally hazy sunset off the southern California coast was interrupted by a missile streaking upward and across the sky, captured by a local CBS News affiliate's helicopter camera. But no one from the Navy to the Air Force to the brass at the Pentagon is saying definitively what the object was or where it came from, outside of the fact that it originated from somewhere at sea about 35 miles west of Los Angeles and north of Catalina Island.
The U.S. Navy would be the most obvious source for such a launch, but as yet Naval officials say no one in their ranks has claimed responsibility for the launch and there is no recorded Navy activity in that area at that time. Vandenberg Air Force Base in California said it launched a Delta II rocket carrying an Italian satellite into orbit on Friday evening, but it has not initiated any rocket activity since then. Whatever it was, it was no small rocket; the object left a huge contrail as it headed high into the atmosphere, reducing the chances that it was some kind of amateur launch, though the possibility can't be ruled out.
KFMB, a local CBS station, took the video to former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Ellsworth, who called the launch "spectacular" and confirmed that indeed it was quite a large rocket. He also said it didn't appear to him to be a Tomahawk missile. He did speculate that with President Obama touring Asia at the moment the launch could have been a demonstration of an ICBM to show military might.
"It could be a test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile from a submarine . . . to demonstrate, mainly to Asia, that we can do that," Ellsworth said. We used to rattle the saber toward the Soviets by such means during the Cold War. But, he emphasized, that is purely speculation and we should wait to hear from the Pentagon for concrete answers. The problem is, however, the Pentagon doesn't seem to know anything about the launch, so for now the mystery missile remains a mystery.
You gotta love how "open" our government is about what they do. I guess someone will eventually claim responsibility.
Lol I agree or maybe its a USO(Unidentified Submerged Object)they been known to shoot out of the water and into the sky.
Sorry about that guys, that was me
who cares what it is or where it originated from!?
I want to know WHERE it WENT!
What about a man without a plane?
Depending on the estimated size of the missile, I would check for any USN Aegis/GMD ship launch system testing in the area.
I can't believe this isn't a bigger story. What about a test for an EMP!? With the way North Korea and Iran have been acting why wouldn't that be the first thing considered? Everything I've read on how an EMP would be delivered makes me think that's not a crazy idea....
Brigadier General Jack Ripper, at it again I see.
The spooky part of it is, what if it isn't OUR submarine/missile? Maybe its a JATO equipped flying plane like Iran has :P
I have to say it's either Iran or N.Korea since N.Korea usually does stupid things like this to show off their, "power".
Maybe we were firing a missile at an object outside of our atmosphere or at the moon, to "find water". /s ;D
One thing I wonder about is we have a air defense system its been used to track missiles since the cold war. Unless it was turned off shouldn't it have picked up something at least where the thing went. It could be one of ours if it had been on purpose they would have done it a lot farther away from people being able to see it. It could be from a surface ship like an Aegis or from a submarine. It could even be from a sub thats not ours I think it was 2000 or 2001 that Russian Oscar II subs were detected off the coast of California. There are just a whole lot of possibilities. This is for aspcglobe what have you heard of for delivering an EMP. The only one I know of that has actually worked in the field which doesn't mean a lot the military has secrets and they need some of those. The one Ive heard off is a high altitude detonation of a nuclear warhead. There is no physical damage damage on the ground from the warhead but the EMP blast it generates is massive. As far as military use it could take out vehicles and stuff but most military jets missile systems stuff like that are radiation hardened specifically to prevent EMP damage.
Alright, who divided by zero?
This was China sending a message to our child president. See, they don't want to see all that money we owe them worth 1/2 or less than it is already worth. All these brilliant Harvard professors and economists may trigger the next world war. You see when you rob people they tend to get tee'd off. Never elect a child to do a man's job.
Probably NK up to no good.
it was Balloons, swamp gas, natural stuff in the air n junk, duh. *sarcasm*
It was just a rocket powered weather balloon.
Bigger than a Tomahawk, smaller than a Minuteman.... Trident?
At the people that really want disclosure... Seriously. Get real for all of time testing and true capability has been secret otherwise you lose your edge to enemies that would take what you have. Quite living in Hollywood. The world hates us regardless of your desire to live in an Eden. Seriously to think any apex predator is not going to use its available tools to take what it can get is silly. Likely given the stresses of the current day world everyone is have little flex shows.
"What does this button do?"
not to be a negative nancy but "What about a test for an EMP"
I think we would notice some other side effects don't you? and um... I know they exist in video games but we don't quite have EMP bombs or EMP weapons right now. The best we can do is generate an emp shock wave or emp field by exploding a nuclear bomb.
"One thing I wonder about is we have a air defense system its been used to track missiles since the cold war. Unless it was turned off shouldn't it have picked up something at least where the thing went. "
yeah. its called NORAD. and no I dont think it was turned off since it is literly a city undergrund with enough back up power to last god (or the DOD) know how long. And they dont just track missiles, they track EVERYTHING. They know where EVERY SINGLE thing in the sky and orbit is all the way down to a tiny screw flying floating in orbit.
It was too big to be amature ... This was not a US Launch.
If you want to know who fired it, all you have to do is plot which country it was aimed at.
"They" were saying (to us) ... "Look ... we can slip up to your coastline and nuke you any time we want to but, this time, we'll just shoot it towards our own capitol, just so you know who launched it (two minutes from L.A.)".
So why didn't they send an aircraft over to the location where it was launched from? If there's nothing on the surface there, then it was obviously a submarine. It wouldn't be one of our subs because it would seem a waste to keep one of our multi-billion dollar vessels so close to home... The Coast Guard should have been all over this one.
I agree with BuzzLightYear.
Turns out it was a passenger jet flying toward the camera. The thing that is really insulting is that the news agency that filmed this tried to pull a hoax on the public. Even if you believe this was something else, ask yourself why the footage is so brief. If you were the camera operator, wouldn't you have kept recording?
Holy shit, this is big news, even if its our own. If this was just some test flight or something, why deny it? I'm gonna agree with BuzzLightYear and say its not our own, oh yeah woops Im Canadian, we don't have any nukes hahaha.
But seriously, WWIII?
I'll bet ya' dollars to donuts it was a Trident II D5 SLBM missile launched via POTUS executive order as a "dog & pony show" for the Asians. It was probably launched from a submerged Ohio Class boomer tasked out of Oahu HW. Warhead was removed and it was detonated at about angels 100 on edge of space. It was from 1 of 14 boats that may have been on mission off of Catalina. Got its orders direct from CinC when it was surfaced at PSD Sub Base Pearl. Of course the Pentagon doesn't know where any of its active mission boats are. They like it that way. Its the Captain's discretion to tell them where they are. They only need to know that they can be contacted when needed and will be in position anywhere in the world as they listen to CNN too underwater. I'm betting it was this boat: navy DOT mil/view_single.asp?id=983 - just a W.A.G. on my part!
To make navy DOT mil/view_single.asp?id=983 work put the w's in front and change DOT to a period with no spaces.
I love how some people have come up with fairly long-winded scenarios about this trail and object they see in the sky. The speculation is amazing. Makes you sound completely nuts.
Sorry conspiracy theorists, I was in Phoenix and had a great shot of it coming up the horizon. This trail was like nothing I had seen before, thought it was a rocket too until I watched it pass overhead and it was most definately a contrail from an airliner. It was awesome indeed, but alas, it was only a plane. Got a great picture of it as it flew under the higher clouds it cast a shadow due to the sun being below the horizon. Stuck around past sundown to watch the plane move off toward Texas, I could clearly see the four engines lay a trail across the sky. I'll upload these pics as soon as I can get to a real computer, (iPhone doesn't support flash, thanks mr. jobs) and no, I'm not a social networker, so I can't go that way. I've got a real life, thank you. :-P
it obviously was a US fired missile, otherwise this news would be huge and califorians would be seeing a butt-load of military activity there and all up the west coast. but clearly the pentagon made sure this didnt get big in the news to cause a ton of panic and or questions. i would just like to know where this thing went or if it was detonated in a remote location