Social media pages across California exploded early Saturday evening after hundreds of witnesses reported seeing mysterious objects over the California sky. The lights, somewhat resembling a meteor in the images that have been made available on social media, appeared simultaneously, yet over 500 miles apart in both Southern and Northern California.
It is not clear whether the lights were the same object or two separate incidents.
Mysterious light spotted over Southern California, social media explodes
LOS ANGELES — Multiple witnesses on Saturday evening reported seeing an unexplained light in the skies above Southern California. Residents reported seeing the bright phenomenon in Anaheim, Temecula, Rancho Palos Verdes and Santa Monica. Source: Fox 8
What was mystery object that flew across NorCal sky?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —A bright, unidentified flying object was spotted going over the Northern California region Saturday evening. At about 6 p.m., viewers first reported seeing a bright blue or green light with a tail-like object trailing behind it fly across the sky. Pictures and video have come into KCRA’s newsroom from across the region, including Davis, Lodi, Stockton and Roseville. The object was also reportedly seen in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. Source: KCRA 3
Local authorities in Orange County, located in Southern California, say the lights were part of a Naval rocket test. “Light seen in OC sky was confirmed through JWA tower to be a Naval test fire off the coast,” they said on their Twitter page.
A report from KABC Los Angeles indicates the military is currently performing highly secretive exercises over the Pacific Ocean. All airspace over the Pacific has been closed to incoming flights, forcing Los Angeles international airport to re-route landings late at night.
Mysterious maneuvers over the Pacific are forcing a change in Los Angeles International Airport landings late at night, meaning noise for thousands of people in the flight path.
Instead of landing from the east over Inglewood, planes begin flying from the west and over the ocean to keep noise levels down, but due to secret military operations, the airspace over the Pacific is closed to incoming flights for the next week.
The military is not saying what exactly is causing the change, and LAX claims it’s also in the dark. Castles said all they know is planes can’t be flying at low altitudes to our west.
According to AccuWeather, the Taurid meteor shower was set to peak into next week. An earlier NASA statement suggested that we could expect fireballs in the night sky across the United States.
The following video was reportedly recorded somewhere in Southern California:
In this amazing video the object can be seen as a small light in the sky. At about 1:20 into the video the object seems to explode into a bright blue light:
Though the military claims the object was part of a Naval missile test, it’s not the first time an unidentified flying object of this nature has been spotted.
In 2010 witnesses reported a similar sight over West Coast waters. Some reports suggest the incident may have been the result of a Chinese ballistic missile test launched from a secret nuclear submarine parked off the coast of California.
The Chinese aren’t the only ones making incursions into or near U.S. territorial borders. Russia has reportedly flown nuclear bombers and performed exercises all along the west coast. In May 2014, the Los Angeles air traffic control system was taken out of operation, leaving thousands of flights along the West Coast scrambling. The military claims a U-2 spyplane flying over head was to blame for jamming the signals, but other theories suggest Russia may have deployed a new scrambling or localized-EMP technology.
In 2009 videos of a spiral spotted over Norway went viral with analysts making theories about the incident that included a Russian missile test gone bad or a massive hologram from the government’s Project Blue Beam initiative.
After a Russian passenger jet was destroyed over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board, ISIS was quick to claim that they had shot down the aircraft. Of course, the evidence that ISIS provided to prove their assertion was pretty weak, and the idea that they have the capability of shooting down an airliner is just as absurd now as it was last week. However, there is some new evidence that indicates the plane may have been brought down by a bomb.
Egyptian investigators have been pouring over the cockpit voice recording that was recovered from the flight, and have determined that the crash was likely caused by an explosion of some kind. However, they’re still trying to determine what kind of explosion it was. According to the Egyptian official leading the investigation:
Mokadem said the flight data recorder stopped about 23 minutes after takeoff when the plane was at an altitude of over 30,000 feet and traveling about 323 miles per hour. The wreckage was scattered over eight miles, indicating the plane disintegrated in midair, he said.
To determine what caused the final noise on the cockpit voice recorder, investigators may have to pour over each millisecond of sound as they look for clues into what caused the crash, according to Tom Haueter, the former director of aviation safety at the National Transportation Safety Board.
An extremely loud noise like an explosion or rupture would be heard as a “click” on the recording, Haueter said. Investigators then break that “click” down into milliseconds to see if the sound profile appears to be a bomb, fuel tank explosion, rupture or other event.
While nobody is officially calling this incident a terror attack, those in the know seem to be treating it as such. Both Russia and the UK have suspended all flights coming out of Egypt, leaving tens of thousands tourists stranded. European investigators who have examined the recording are saying that the crash was not an accident, and according to AFP, the investigation is leaning towards the possibility of a bomb plot.
The head of Russia’s emergencies ministry said Russian experts had taken samples from the crashed jet and were testing it for any traces of explosives.
But a source close to the investigation told AFP the black box data “strongly favours” the theory a bomb on board brought down the plane.
Another person close to the case in Paris said the plane had suffered “a violent, sudden” end, saying: “Everything was normal during the flight, absolutely normal, and suddenly there was nothing.”
If this does turn out to be a terrorist attack, it’s going to leave a lot of unanswered questions on the table. If an ISIS affiliated group was really responsible for planting the bomb, why did they erroneously claim that they had shot down the aircraft? And if they didn’t do it, why haven’t the culprits come forward? Terrorist groups almost always confess to their attacks. And isn’t it interesting that nobody has targeted any American flights, despite the fact that our military has been bombing Syria for over a year?
At least, it’s an intriguing question for anyone who doesn’t know about the US government’s relationship with ISIS. That leads us to the possibility that our own government was somehow involved, but even that doesn’t really make sense. Surely, even Washington knows that downing a passenger jet would have zero effect on Russia’s campaign in Syria, or anywhere else in the world for that matter.
Hopefully this will just turn out to be a freak accident, because otherwise, there is no other reasonable explanation we can turn to. It suggests that something is in the works that we won’t fully understand until after the fact.