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Is this a UFO? Social media goes wild after 'strange blue light' spotted in Los Angeles

Watch the footage here and decide for yourself

Published 08/11/2015 | 10:57

Photo: Screencap from Julien Solomita's video of the phenomenon
Photo: Screencap from Julien Solomita's video of the phenomenon

Social media went wild last night after a strange blue light was spotted over Los Angeles - the home of YouTubers and Viners.

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Social media stars flocked online to tweet about the phenomenon, sharing photos and videos on YouTube, Vine and more.

Hundreds of people reported seeing the light in Anaheim, Santa Monica, Temecula and Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles.

Shane Dawson tweeted "There's a UFO in Los Angeles. I'm so excited. I'm so ready".

Video blogger Julien Solomita posted a video of the 'UFO' which appears to show it burn brightly and then disappear. It has been viewed almost 700,000 times at the time of publication and has been shared by stars like Khloe Kardashian on Twitter.

One video of the incident described the sky as "opening up like a zombie apocalypse".

In an official statement, Navy Commander Ryan Perry put paid to the rumours, confirming that the phenomenon was actually an unarmed missile test.

"Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted [a] 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."

#UFO, #comet and #navy trended on Twitter last night as confused onlookers tried to figure out the mystery.

Following the statement by the Navy, the memes flooded social media thick and fast. Adele, Zayne Malik and Austin Powers all got dragged into the social media fun.

The statement hasn't entirely put the conspiracy to rest with YouTuber Jenna Marbles tweeting "Can anyone please explain to me that's calling it a test rocket how it made absolutely zero sound? Zero. None. Silent".

"Okay test rocket though?? A test for what first of all?? Second of all, that means there was a chance that could have gone horribly wrong?".

"Whatever the f**k that was was silent, left a blue green glowing tail, giant circular cloud of smoke/exhaust, and went into space".

"If anyone can find a similar "rocket test" video on YouTube or anywhere else send it to me. Can't find a single one that looks like that".

You can see more from Julien Solomita at YouTube.com/jsolo.

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