SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A bright light streaking across the sky captured the attention of several Bay Area residents early Tuesday, but it was not a UFO.

The Navy issued a statement saying it was conducting missile tests off the California coast.

“Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flights at sea from an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range offthe coast of California,” the statement said. ”This morning, there were two missiles launched.”

The Navy said such tests were vital to maintain its readiness. One launch took place at 3:30 a.m. PST and a second at 6:20 a.m. A submarine off the coast launched the Trident II D-5 missiles — a three-stage missile with a 4,000-mile range.

Navy spokesman John Daniels said residents likely saw stage one, which lasts about a minute, and possibly part of stage two.

“All missile test flights were conducted from sea, flew over the sea, and landed in the sea. At no time did the missiles fly over land,” the Navy statement continued. “All missiles are tracked from multiple sources from launch until final impact in the ocean. The missiles were not armed.”


But for the hours before the statement was issued, the bright light had led to an active debate on social media.


Comments (27)
  1. James Oberg says:

    The one in November 2015 was more spectacular because it was backlit by the already-set sun.

  2. This is rather strange because even though the video I took this morning at around 6:15 am looks the same as the video shown above, I saw this from Klamath Falls, Oregon.

  3. I wonder in North Korea if they follow every missile test and show a snapshot of the missile and claim the USA is developing a missile that can reach us every time we actually do a missile test?

  4. Mastr Baiter says:

    Pay attention Kim Jung Son, Our sh!t workie workie!