Last night, at 6:02 P.M., an eyewitness in San Pedro reported to Cryptoscatology.com the following UFO sighting (a phenomenon that was also seen by hundreds of other eyewitnesses along the West Coast and beyond): "I just came out of my house, facing south, and there was some kind of object being followed by some other huge vehicle. The other object was streaking across the sky--I mean, literally; it was like a meteor, but not moving as fast. It was orange. Then it must have gone through clouds. It created this intense light, a vortex of water vapor. I think it shot off west. It had a blue aura or haze around it."
The eyewitness took a series of photos, which I've included below:
The official military explanation for this phenomenon can be found in a CNN report entitled "Mystery Light Freaks Out Southern California Residents": "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. Each test
activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus
contributing to assurance in our capabilities."
According to Adam Carlson's People.com report entitled "No UFO Here! Mysterious Flying Object Seen in Southern California Was Just a Missile Test": "[A] Trident II missile was fired as scheduled from a submarine off the
coast of Southern California, as part of an ongoing system evaluation, a
Navy spokesman told the [San Diego Union-Tribune]."
First of all, if such missile launches do indeed occur on a "frequent, recurring basis," why would Southern California residents be "freaking out" about it? Needless to say, phenomena that occur on a "frequent, regular basis" could not, ipso facto, inspire "panic and speculation," which are the very words used in the first sentence of Joe Sutton's aforementioned CNN report. (Click HERE to read Sutton's entire article.)
Second, since the phenomenon was seen as far away as "Arizona and Nevada" (according to Carlson's aforementioned report), we must assume that Navy submarines shoot Trident II missiles over densely populated areas on a "frequent, regular basis," which seems peculiar when "the continued reliability of the system" could just as easily be tested by shooting the missile over the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean instead of sending it on a route that would force it to make a dramatic, glowing arc over at least three states.
Third, the Navy's official statement does not explain the presence of the second "huge vehicle" sighted by the San Pedro eyewitness quoted above.
Fourth, we know from experience that the "military exercise" cover story is a boilerplate excuse intended to distract attention away from unexplainable phenomena, as in the case of the mysterious March 1997 Phoenix Lights. The possibility that such a cover story is also being used in this case is one worth considering.
Finally, I would direct your attention to my 7-13-15 post entitled "Long Beach Fireball" for further information about the long history of UFO phenomena linked to the Long Beach/San Pedro area.