The mystery surrounding what appears to have been a missile shooting skyward from the ocean off Los Angeles early Monday evening still has not been solved. The U.S. Navy told media outlets it had not fired a missile and had not been engaged in military practice in the area.
Interestingly, the trajectory of the object, for those looking to the west (see CBS video posted above), was left-to-right. Brian Watson, a friend and windsurfer, was at the coast about 15 miles to the north, near the Los Angeles-Ventura County line. He did not see the object but moments after the sun dipped below the horizon he snapped a photo (see below) showing what looks like a contrail out over the ocean, aiming skyward right to left.
A similar-looking horizontal cloud appears in the video and the image.
At 9:34 p.m. Monday, Watson received voice message from a friend who was in the same area, describing seeing a bright-orange fireball plummeting downward far off the coast.
I won't speculate as to whether these three things are related. I'm just relaying the information I received this afternoon, which might or might not add to the mystery.
-- Pete Thomas
Bottom image courtesy of Brian M. Watson