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A screaming comes across the sky

Los Angeles got Pynchonian on Monday when an unidentified "missile" wass launched from somewhere west of Los Angeles. Video of the event shows a bright contrail zooming across the sky. Our sibling blog L.A. Now reports:

A KCBS news helicopter spotted what appeared to be a missile traveling through the sky northwest of Catalina Island, about 35 miles west of Los Angeles....

Officials with the Defense Department, the Navy and the Air Force said they did not have any details on the object or its launch site. Pentagon officials said that initial indications were that the military was not involved.

"We are aware of the unexplained contrail reported off the coast of Southern California yesterday evening," according to a statement Tuesday from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command, which operates the U.S. and Canadian missile warning system. "At this time, we are unable to provide specific details but we are working to determine the exact nature of this event.

Or as Thomas Pynchon wrote in "Gravity's Rainbow":  A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Video: CBS news report of sighting. From YouTube via commando602

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It's a jet contrail.

No, It's a very hi-speed fighter jet contrail on afterburners, but not a pulse jet like Aurora. Take a close look at the slow speed compared to a missile. Definitely NOT a missile in any case.

I'm an amateur rocket builder. (legal) I won't say it's a missile, but it IS a rocket of some kind. Whoever says at's a plane is wrong. I have never seen a plane like that. It is definitely a rocket.

The military will probably tell us it's a weather balloon. Don't ever expect to get the truth. Could it be a foreign power saber rattling?

i believe this was an effort to shoot down another object a meteor or astroid that appeared in the same area at approx 945pm streaking southward parallel to the coast.

North Korea fired the missile! It was most likely fired from a North Korean submarine or freighter. They have done this many times before. The last such "missile test" was on the Fourth of July 2009 in the Sea of Japan. They chose that date on purpose. The missile is a short range missile similar to the Scud missile. This is a message to the United States that North Korea has the capability to hit Los Angeles with a biological weapon, chemical weapon or a dirty bomb. It is very hard to detect a conventional submarine near the surface in a busy shipping area like LA.

We are all going to die.

Idiot paranoia. The times are come back!


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