Terror and rumor spread throughout Southern California on Saturday night when a bright light streaked through the dark sky. People were perplexed as to what exactly this bright light was. Speculations ranged from comets to UFOs to the end of the world.
Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted a scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class submarine, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy.
“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,” Cmdr. Ryan Perry said. “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, according to NBC San Diego. While the Navy did not warn the public about this missile test, Los Angeles International Airport issued a statement the day before the spectacle saying that certain airspaces would be closed off due to a unexplained military operation.
The lack of information sent a flurry of distressed phone calls to local law enforcements and neighborhood news stations. Prior to the official explanation from the Navy, imaginations ran wild in an attempt to find a source for the strange light.
Social media blew up on Saturday night as everyone from celebrities to typical everymen posted their opinion on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Khloe Kardashian took to Twitter to express her shock in a response to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s post that the light seen in the sky was some kind of naval operation. The OCSD said they had no further details.
“’No further details’, yeah, OK. Thanks, that’s because #WeAreNotAlone #AdmitIt. Kendall and I are spazzing out! #UFO.”