As it turns out, the admittedly bizarre light was not in fact a UFO (you probably would have heard if we made contact with extraterrestrial life last night), but a Trident II D5 ballistic missile on a scheduled test flight from the submarine Kentucky, based off the coast of Southern California, according to a Navy spokesperson, as reported by the aforementioned San Diego Tribune report,
Normally, it would be fair game to claim that people in Southern California (and parts of Arizona/Nevada, as the missile was seen there, as well) are freaking out over nothing -- but anyone in their right mind would be correct to question the mysterious flood-light floating in the sky.
Maybe next time the Navy decides to test a (supposedly and hopefully unarmed) projectile over one of the most densely populated areas in our country (especially one with such a high concentration of Baldwins/Kardashians) they can at least send a fax around, or something.
Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Thrillist. He always assumes every light is a nuclear blast, too. Follow him @wilfulton
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