The local CBS affiliate aired some footage they had taken aboard their helicopter. Even NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command were unable to offer any details to what happen.
But then the Pentagon released a statement Tuesday stating:
Pentagon officials were more confident Wednesday that video of a condensation trail in the sky off the coast of Southern California was made by an aircraft, not a missile, a spokesman said.“There is no evidence to suggest that this is anything else other than a condensation trail from an aircraft,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters.Lapan declined to state definitively that the Defense Department believed the trail was caused by an airplane, but he said there was greater confidence that that was the case because more information about the incident had been analyzed since late Tuesday.He would not go into detail about the new information.The video footage, shot from a television news helicopter just before sunset Monday, of what looked like a missile set off fierce speculation about a rogue launch or a secret government test.– David S. Cloud at the PentagonSource: The LA Times
Now I know this sounds like the government is covering up something. Hell even I figured it was the military doing a show of force since the President is in Asia right now. But then I came across this page that shows regular airplane contrails that under the right atmospheric circumstance can look like the exhaust from a rocket. Now I can't for certain say that's what this was, but it looks pretty damn similar. Though I imagine the conspiracy theorists out there will say it was a rouge missile or something, but I highly doubt that's the case.
Full source: The LA Times