Bright light in the sky seen from Kern County and beyond

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Hundreds of people from across California and other neighboring states have reported seeing a bright light in the sky Saturday night.

Officials at John Wayne Airport have confirmed the bright light is a Naval test fire off the coast, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Navy spokesman Cmdr. Ryan Perry released the following statement:

"Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California. The tests were part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.

The missile was not armed. Strategic Systems Programs does not routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified prior to the launch."

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