Pentagon investigates possible missile launch off the Southern California coast

FRESNO, Calif.

The Navy, Air Force, Defense Department and North American Aerospace Defense Command say they are all looking into a video taken by a news helicopter in Los Angeles. It shows a rocket or some other object shooting up into the sky and leaving a large contrail over the Pacific Ocean Monday evening.

The Pentagon says officials can't confirm if there was a launch or who set it off. The possible missile launch happened around 5pm yesterday west Of Los Angeles and north of Catalina Island, approximately 35 miles out to sea.

A former Deputy Secretary of Defense told Southern California T.V. station KFMB that with President Obama in Asia, the launch could have been a show of military muscle.

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