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Occurred : 2/5/2019 23:02 (Entered as : 02/05/2019 23:02)
Reported: 2/5/2019 11:46:44 PM 23:46
Posted: 2/7/2019
Location: Nipomo, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:Few minutes
On February 5th, at 11:02 p.m., I was walking home and noticed a large yellowish/orange light behind the trees along the sidewalk. At first, I thought it was a new street light but then realized it was in the sky.

It was traveling diagonally and seemed to be moving slowly.

I started to record a video on my phone as it maintained its trajectory. I thought it must be a drone, so I stopped recording. As soon as I did, it then split into 3 lights that were lined up horizontally for a second. There was the original large orangish color light, a small blue light and a white blinking light.

The blue light then disappeared and the blinking light followed further behind the larger light at the same trajectory. I started to record again after it split but not for too long. I got freaked out and ran home!

I also noticed a noise that is hard to describe. It was almost like a low pitched hum.



What the witness observed in Nipomo, CA, was an unarmed Minuteman III missile launched from VAFB. It was launched at 11:01 pm. The flashing light seen following was the tumbling first stage.

A friend took this picture which shows the main missile and the booster behind. This picture was taken from Shell Beach, CA, and would have been visible from San Luis Obispo, CA, as well.