A mystery missile launch appears to have occured off the coast of California. The event has led to much speculation.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane…
Or, was it a missile?
On Monday, San Francisco’s CBS affiliate posted footage shot by one of its news helicopters showing a large contrail observed off the California coast near Los Angeles. A mystery missile launch has been blamed for the vapors.
As of today, according to the Associated Press, authorities are still trying to figure out if a missile was launched.
Missile launches are not uncommon, and they do not usually evoke any sense of mystery. In fact, nearby Vandenburg Air Force Base launched a satellite last Friday. Missile launches occur frequently, but when they do they require clearance.
Whose Missile Is It Anyway?
What makes this event unusual is no one is fessing up to launching a seemingly unauthorized missile. Possible ownership remains a mystery.
The Department of Defense says it wasn’t one of ours.
In a statement released by The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), they don’t believe it was one of “theirs” either.
“We are aware of the unexplained contrail reported off the coast of Southern California yesterday evening. At this time, we are unable to provide specific details but we are working to determine the exact nature of this event. We can confirm that there is no indication of any threat to our nation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.”
The FAA denies giving clearance for a private launch of a missile. Adding to the mystery, FAA officials reviewed radar replays for the Los Angeles area but observed no unidentifiable objects. Pilots flying in the area at the noted time filed no reports related to unusual occurrences.
What If It’s Not a Missile At All?
The internet is abuzz with conjecture. Not surprisingly, there’s a myriad of theories.
The Right Perspective claims that a former Deputy Secretary of Defense speculated a missile may have been launched from a U.S. submarine as a “show of strength.” Others have considered “classified” Naval activity. Some have purported that it wasn’t a missile fired from a U.S. submarine, but a Korean one.
Some claim it cannot be a missile at all as the contrail seems to change course in the video and rockets are incapable of such movements.
The one theory I have yet to hear, and the one that immediately came to my mind, is – the missile is not a missile at all.
Has anyone seen Clark Kent?
Sources, in addition to those embedded:
Los Angeles Times