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US Navy: Bright light in Redding sky was a missile test

16 February, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Eddie Kim
  • Some Sacramento area residents reported seeing what looked like a missile reentering the upper atmosphere Tuesday morning

Navy official, John M. Daniels says on Tuesday morning, two missiles were launched as part of a test flights.

Dr. Ryan Orosco, a clinical instructor in otolaryngology at Stanford Health Care posted on Twitter his quick view of the light in Palo Alto early Tuesday morning. Another viewer Martin Torres also spotted the light while on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County around 7 a.m. Elizabeth Lopez also saw the light around 6:20 a.m. from Canyon Country off Sierra Highway and Golden Valley Road.

Ballistic fleet missiles, also known as submarine-launched ballistic missiles, are created to carry nuclear warheads.

The two Trident II (D5) missiles were launched from an Ohio Class submarine off the coast of California, causing a bright light to streak across the California sky.

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The Navy said such tests were vital to maintain its readiness. At no time did the missiles fly over land, ' the statement said.

The Trident II is a three-stage missile with a 4,000-mile range.

The missile launches were apparently planned for years. It was unclear how far off the coast the test was done because the Navy did not disclose that information.

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