'Meteor' sighted over Bay Area sky was a missile test launch

Video taken by Joe Camber over Morro Bay Tuesday morning showed the bright light

KRCR News Channel 7 viewers reported a bright light in the sky over Redding Tuesday morning.

A viewer captured video early Tuesday morning of a mysterious light seen in the sky over the Coachella Valley, and we found out the light could be tied to a U.S. Navy missile launch from the California coast.

According to U.S. Navy spokesperson John Daniels, the Navy launched two Trident II missiles from a submarine off the coast of California.

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Daniels says flight tests are conducted frequently and on a recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. All missiles are tracked from multiple sources from launch until final impact in the ocean. "Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities". He said the missiles fly over water, and not over inhabited areas. "The missiles were not armed".

The tests were not in response to any recent world events, Daniels said, or meant to be a demonstration of power.

The Trident II D5 missile is primarily produced by Lockheed Martin's Space Systems division, and has been used in over 160 flight tests since it was first designed in 1999.

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