Very bright contrail lit up the sky about 35 miles west of California north of Catalina Island. NORAD official says missile posed no threat to homeland.
Spokesmen for the United States Navy, Air Force, Defense Department and North American Aerospace Defense Command said they were looking into a video posted on the CBS News website that appears to show a rocket or some other object shooting up into the sky and leaving a large contrail over the Pacific Ocean. The incident was captured by a camera aboard a CBS affiliate KCBS helicopter.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, issued a statement jointly with the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, saying that the contrail was not the result of a foreign military launching a missile. It provided no further details.
Officials had no information to make them suspect that the action was taken by any U.S. adversary.
So far the FAA says that no radar picked up any fast-moving objects in the area — even after replaying recorded radar images of the area at the time of the sighting.
Short clip from Sky News.
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