An ICBM of unknown origin was caught on tape last night by a CBS News helicopter over the skies of Los Angeles. The trail of smoke was huge and was clearly a massive missile, but no one is coming forward to claim responsibility. A CBS News affiliate interviewed a former NATO Ambassador who had this to say:
“When asked what he thought it might be, the former ambassador said it could possibly have been a missile test timed as a demonstration of American military might as President Obama tours Asia. ‘It could be a test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile from a submarine … to demonstrate, mainly to Asia, that we can do that,’ speculated Ellsworth. Ellsworth said such tests were carried out in the Atlantic to demonstrate America’s power to the Soviets, when there was a Soviet Union, but he doesn’t believe an ICBM has previously been tested by the U.S. over the Pacific.”
No statement by the US Government has been issued.
And just for interest’s sake, here’s an infographic showing a time-lapse of all nuclear detonations from 1945 to 1998: