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Officials explain mysterious light spotted over Southern California

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LOS ANGELES — Multiple witnesses from Southern California reported seeing a mysterious moving light in the night sky Saturday night.

Officials say the bright light was actually an unarmed Trident missile test-fired from a submarine off the coast by the U.S. Navy.

“Light seen in OC sky was confirmed through JWA tower to be a Naval test fire off the coast,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter, referring to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

Hundreds of residents reported seeing the bright light shortly after dusk in Palmdale, Riverside, Rancho Palos Verdes, Anaheim and Ventura, KTLA reports.

While some observers did believe the object in the sky may have been a missile, others suggested it was a comet or other celestial occurrence.

Hundreds of photos and videos have been shared on social media.