A Navy spokesman says the Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted the missile test Saturday in the Pacific Test Range northwest of Los Angeles.
That was also confirmed by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, who tweeted out that the light was a test conducted by the U.S. Navy off the coast.
Cmdr. Ryan Perry said the launches are conducted on a frequent basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system and that information about such test launches is classified prior to the launch.
Residents from in Southern California started reporting seeing the strange light around 6 p.m. The lack of information about the streak of light led to a flurry of calls to law enforcement agencies and lit up social media as people posted video of the celestial sight.
#LATraffic Alert. Military exercises off of Catalina Island. Lights and lasers can be seen from beach and coastline. No need to call 911— LASD Lost Hills Stn. (@LHSLASD) November 8, 2015
The light was also reported from residents in the East Bay and San Francisco. Some shared their video and pictures with ABC7 News via social media.
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