Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast

CBS News:

A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught by CBS affiliate KCBS’s cameras Monday night, and officials are staying tight-lipped over the nature of the projectile.

CBS station KFMB put in calls to the Navy and Air Force Monday night about the striking launch off the coast of Los Angeles, which was easily visible from the coast, but the military has said nothing about the launch.

Hard to believe that the military would try to keep secrets form the media. Was probably marsh gas. Or a weather balloon.

UPDATE: Jet contrails from some angles look like missile trails

Right. Sure they do. (Can you believe how fast “they got to him”?)

UPDATE 2: Plus don’t forget this.

UPDATE 3: Six Theories.


  1. It was a weather balloon floating through marsh gas, backlit by Venus and some aurora borealis. Which was all a deception operation for the aliens who landed in nearby Compton and were promptly UFO-jacked. Some homies are now cruising out toward Alpha C.

  2. This is embarrassing. My and Murdoc’s kid were wondering what would happen if you tied four bottle rockets together. Turns out they go pretty far!

    Long story short – We’re sorry. But if there’s going to be any legal action, I want to say for the record that Murdoc’s kid was the instigator. My hand is on the Bible right now as I write this, as far as you know.

  3. It was a “Tea Party” covert action.

    Led by Sarah palin carrying a remington model 700 sps they snuck into Vandenberg Air Force base, carrying their flags, fifes and drums. Then in a dramatic firefight they over-came the base security and launched a Minuteman-II., tipped with a 100-kiloton Hydrogen bomb at India. It was programmed to land precisely 20-feet from President Obama and entourage.

    It’s gotta be true…..Levi Johnston told me so!

  4. My suspicion is that it *is* a Chinese SLBM. That might sound far-fetched, but only until you apply scrutiny.

    First, Vandenburg AFB launches rockets and missiles on Fridays. Period.

    Second, the launch originated 35 miles out at sea, so it could only have been fired by ship or a sub.

    Third, the smoke trail indicates the missile went into space, and the only sea-launched weapon that does that is an SLBM; therefore, it was fired by a sub.

    Fourth, the US Navy live-fires SLBMs in the middle of the Pacific, far from prying eyes — NOT 35 miles off the US coast — so it was not a US Nave SLBM test.

    Fifth, nobody’s reported a nuclear blast, so it wasn’t an US Navy SLBM *attack*, either.

    Sixth, The only other navies presently operating SSBNs are the UK, France, India, Russia, and China. The UK, France, and India have no motive or interest in firing an SLBM so close to the US, and though the Russians are pretty hard-nosed when it comes to sub operations, actually launching an SLBM this close to the US is WAY out of character for them. That leaves China, who has only recently gained this capability (the old Xia SSBN doesn’t count — it was too rickety to safely leave Chinese waters).

    Seventh, the Chinese military has a penchant for theatrics. From live-firing cruise missiles following pre-programmed flight paths to create the appearance of in-flight “evasion” in the Taiwan Straights, to launching an ICBM at a satellite, to surfacing a Diesel Sub in the middle of the Kitty Hawk Battlegroup in November of 2007, to General Xiong’s 1998 threat to nuke Los Angeles (over the sale of a few F-16s to Taiwan), the Chinese are the biggest blowhards and incendiaries in the world. They’re ALWAYS trying to prove something to someone, and a stunt like this is right up their alley.

    Finally, PLAN has recently put a new class of SSBN in the water, the Jin class;
    This is their very first fast, quiet, GLOBAL-ranged class of Boomers, and an event like this one would be the perfect dry run.

    That makes PLAN the prime suspect in this mystery.

  5. It’s a jet, plain and simple. The contrail geek that Murdoc linked duplicated the same shot at the same time yesterday!

  6. “The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a U.F.O. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and refracted the light from Venus.”

    “Wait a minute. You flash that thing, it erases her memory, and you just make up a new one?”

    “A standard-issue neuralizer.”

    “That weak-ass story is the best you can come up with?”

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