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The UFO that excited the west coast

November 09, 2015 Jason McClellan

A missile-like UFO streaked across the dark sky on the night of Saturday, November 7. This UFO soared just off the California coast near Los Angeles over the Pacific Ocean, but was seen by residents across California, and even in other states including Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho. Law enforcement agencies and news desks were flooded with calls from concerned witnesses who observed the mysterious aerial object.

Witnesses bombarded social media with photos, videos, and questions about the California UFO.

Here's my video of the impending doom! Enjoy! Sound muted to spare you the 100 "WTF"'s.

A video posted by Josh Groban (@joshgroban) on

Journalist and author Annie Jacobsen, who has written controversial books such as Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base and The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top Secret Military Research Agency, posted several messages on Twitter during the UFO sighting, including a video of the aerial object shot by her son.

Actor David Duchovny even got in on the social media action, using the UFO buzz to promote the upcoming revival of The X-Files.

You guys are early! I said Jan 24! ☄👽 #ufo

A photo posted by David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) on

Although an extraterrestrial spacecraft and the Taurid meteor shower were offered as possible explanations for the missile-like aerial object, the U.S. Navy quickly claimed responsibility for the UFO. Commander Ryan Perry with the Navy’s Third Fleet revealed that the strange looking aerial object was, indeed, a Trident II (D5) missile fired at sea in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California by the USS Kentucky–an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.

And this missile test wasn’t completely unexpected. An announcement was made on Friday, November 6–one day before this UFO sighting–that secret military operations in the Pacific were forcing Los Angeles International Airport air traffic to be diverted inland for a week.

Although some aren’t buying the military’s explanation of a missile launch, a photographer who happened to be shooting time-lapse photography from Slacker Hill above the Golden Gate Bridge at the time managed to capture the missile’s launch.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is an author, podcaster, TV personality, veteran UFO researcher & journalist, bourbon enthusiast, ska and punk devotee, vegan, and animal lover. You might have seen him on NatGeo, Syfy, History, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Discovery+, the CW, or at conferences and conventions talking about UFOs.