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US missile test sparks UFO reports

Posted on Friday, 14 September, 2012 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Taylor Reints

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Hundreds of witnesses reported seeing a large glowing multi-colored contrail across the Southwest.

TV stations across the region were inundated with calls from people who had observed the phenomenon, but far from being a sign of otherworldly visitors the contrails were actually the result of a ballistic missile test being conducted by the US military in New Mexico. The spectacle was enhanced by the rising sun which helped illuminate the unusual colors and trails in the sky.

"It's one of those things it does not happen every time - the weather and light conditions have to be just right, and this was one of those times," said an army spokesman. "We even had people calling from (Los Angeles) asking about it. They want to know about it. Apparently this thing really lit up the sky really well."

"The twisting cloudlike formation was visible in southern Colorado, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas just before sunrise, and led to hundreds of calls and emails to area TV stations."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Sweetpumper on 14 September, 2012, 14:53
This was never a mystery.
Comment icon #3 Posted by sergeantflynn on 14 September, 2012, 19:40
I`ll settle for UFO`s . Missile testing is the best excuse yet for denying them . Let`s face it , the weather-balloon excuse was wearing thin .
Comment icon #4 Posted by badeskov on 14 September, 2012, 20:21
Nope. Why this non-event is even being discussed in the first place is puzzling. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #5 Posted by booNyzarC on 14 September, 2012, 20:22
UFOlogy is desperate for something, anything, to hang it's hopes and dreams on. Just my guess anyway.
Comment icon #6 Posted by badeskov on 14 September, 2012, 20:33
Sadly, I concur. Something with a smoke trail at White Sands. Yeah, really mysterious. The desperation is literally so intense that it is condensing and dripping down from the walls. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #7 Posted by Cpl599 on 14 September, 2012, 21:29
This is 100% true. I can't count how many back and forths I have had with people on Youtube and other forums on the matter of UFOlogy. If they look up at the sky and can't identify something (regardless of the fact that there are people out there who CAN identify it), that automatically makes it aliens, and I've been called every name under the sun for saying otherwise.
Comment icon #8 Posted by highdesert50 on 14 September, 2012, 23:41
Actually witnessed this predawn event. It was visually consistent with some other predawn launches from White Sands that I have witnessed in the past with the exception that the object was quite visible as a glowing (burning?) pinpoint advancing the contrail. There was a moment where the contrail stopped and a very broad rainbowed contrail fanned out and the object was no longer visible and the contrail ceased. Remnants of the contrail did last a few minutes although the drama was over. Sorry no phone pics as I was driving and "interesting" aspect of the event occurred over seconds.
Comment icon #9 Posted by AlienDan on 15 September, 2012, 8:23
Comment icon #10 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 16 January, 2013, 22:11
if it a missile being tested and its clearly a missile then it was never a mystery to begin with but in the other if it wasn't a missile then wham you got yourself a mystery in your hands.but it could be a ufo though but we have to look at all options too though.i beleive in UFOs though!!!

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