This video of an apparent rocket launch on the evening of December 22, 2017, was shared with the Ventura County Star by Alex Dearana-Lemich.
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket lifted off at 5:27:34 p.m. PST (8:27:34 p.m. EST; 0127:34 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg, then headed south over the Pacific Ocean, targeting a 388-mile-high (625-kilometer) orbit for deployment of the 10 new-generation voice and data relay spacecraft.More news: Apple slows some older iPhones because of flagging batteries
Cars stopped on freeways in Los Angeles so drivers and passengers could take pictures and video. It created a shining, billowing streak visible to many people across southern California, even as far away as Phoenix, Arizona, reported The Guardian.
Los Angeles Fire Department had to issue an alert explaining the "mysterious light in the sky" was the rocket launch.
"People were wondering if it had something to do with movies, or TV or a UFO", he said.More news: Jamie Carragher: Arsenal And Liverpool 'Will Always Fall Short' Of Winning Trophies
Less than 10 minutes after that, the second stage engines cutoff and the satellites are now in coast phase. This time, the rocket was allowed to plunge into the water.
It was the 18th and final launch of 2017 for SpaceX, which has contracted to replace Iridium's system with 75 updated satellites.
The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket as seen over Menifee.More news: FBI Arrests Man For Alleged Pier 39 Christmas Day Terror Plot
Businessman and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk launched the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base resulting in the lights and sounds that had many LA area residents spooked. It carried the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications.
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