A missile launched near the coast of Southern California on Monday, November 8, 2010 has officials in the Navy, Air Force, Defense Department, North American Aerospace Defense Command, the U.S. Northern Command, and even the Pentagon perplexed.
A video posted via CBS News affiliate KCBS depicts a missile or rocket leaving a large contrail over the Pacific Ocean as it made its way airborne. Unfortunately, as Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan stated during an interview on Tuesday, "Nobody within the Department of Defense that we've reached out to has been able to explain what this contrail is, where it came from. So far, we've come up empty with any explanation." Lapan furthered his speculation that a private organization launched the missile and that the U.S. is not under any kind of "threat," despite increased security in airports and questionable governmental spending and actions.
The FAA detected the missile on radar over an area west of Los Angeles and 35 miles from the coast, presumably the site of the launch. Pilots in the area never reported viewing the projectile to the FAA.
For more: CBS News