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Monday's Mysterious Missile: So What Was That?

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Did you see this missile light up the evening skies over Los Angeles last night? The KCBS helicopter did, and captured some images of what was a pretty spectacular sight. The hitch: No one knows who launched it, or why, explains a report on San Diego's KFMB.

Calls went out to military officials, but no one has claimed responsibility. "It cannot be a planned military launch because no branch had a military action planned," said NBC Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski.

"The location of the missile was about 35 miles out to sea, west of L.A. and north of Catalina Island," notes CBS News. What could it have been? Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Ellsworth speculates: "[I]t could possibly have been a missile test timed as a demonstration of American military might as President Obama tours Asia. "