Trident II Missile Test Over Southern California: “Unreal Blue and White Cloud’


Trident II Missile Test Over Southern California: “Unreal Blue and White Cloud’

The U.S. Navy launched a second — and supposedly final — missile off the coast of California Monday afternoon, and in doing so, set off a plethora of conspiracy theories.



Surprise: Photographer Abe Blair, 36, was taking pictures of the San Francisco skyline when a dazzling blue light streaked across the sky. (Photo: Caters News Agency)


“It’s important that we test these missiles for our national security,” John M Daniels, a spokesman for the secretive Strategic Systems Programs office that oversees nuclear-tipped missiles in the Navy, told the Los Angeles Times. “We don’t announce future launches, but this is it for any time soon.”

KABC reported that both missiles were scheduled to be launched Saturday, but there were too many private boats in the area.

Abe Blair, a 36-year-old photographer, told the Daily Mail that he was taking pictures of the skyline Saturday night when he spotted the first missile which he described as an “unreal blue and white cloud just expanding bigger and bigger.”

“What is that?!” Blair said he and his friend both yelled as they attempted to “recompose and try and capture this UFO as it headed right towards us.”

Blair and his friend weren’t the only ones to assume the missile launch was a UFO.



An unarmed missile fired by the U.S. Navy from a submarine off the coast of Southern California, creating a bright light that streaked across the state and was visible as far away as Nevada and Arizona. (Photo: Julien Solomita via AP)













Video via Justin Majeczky

By a stroke of dumb luck my friend Abe and myself were on Slacker Hill shooting timelapse photography of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can see the missile enter the frame from the upper right hand corner. We noticed the object immediately and I stopped my timelapse to record some video. What a crazy evening!

Official Statement:

“Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California. The tests were part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.

The missile was not armed. Strategic Systems Programs does not routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified before the launch.”

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