Mystery Missile Video: Caught Off California Coast Monday Night
The Launch of a Mystery Missile Was Caught on Video off the Southern California Coast Monday Night But No One is Saying What it is
The missile was caught by CBS affiliate KCBS's cameras, who then put in a call to the Navy and the Air Force but the military has remained tight-lipped about the launch.
KFMB showed video of the apparent missile to former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Robert Ellsworth, who is also a former Deputy Secretary of Defense, to get his thoughts.
"It's spectacular… It takes people's breath away," said Ellsworth, calling the projectile, "a big missile".
The location of the launch was about 35 miles out to sea, north of Catalina Island and west of L.A. and it was visible for miles around.
The Federal Aviation Administration told NBC that they had not approved any commercial space launches in that area at that time and the Navy has said it was not their missile.
According to CBS, there was a launch on Friday night at the Vandenberg AirForce Base in California when they sent a Delta II rocket carrying an Italian satellite into orbit, but the base says there has been no launches since then.
According to Mr. Ellsworth, it could have been a missile test for a demonstration of the American military as President Obama is currently in Asia.
"It could be a test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile from a submarine … to demonstrate, mainly to Asia, that we can do that," speculated Ellsworth.
This has not been confirmed at this time.