The Navy fired a nuclear-capable missile from a submarine off the coast of California, creating a mysterious streak in the sky that sparked alarm on the West coast.
A lack of information about the missile test on Saturday led to a flurry of calls to law enforcement and posts on social media speculating that the unusual sighting was a UFO.
But a Navy spokesman confirmed that it was in fact an unarmed Trident II (D5) missile that was fired from the USS Kentucky, a ballistic missile submarine.
And the top secret military operations off the coast of Los Angeles has also forced aircraft at LAX, one of the country’s busiest airports, to take alternative routes for a week.
Cmdr. Ryan Parry, of the Navy’s Third Fleet, said the Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted the scheduled test flight at sea in the Pacific Test Range.
‘The tests were part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test,’ he said.