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U.S. Navy: Bright light in northern Nevada sky was missile test

A bright light spotted streaking across the greater Reno area sky Tuesday morning was a Navy missile test, according to U.S. Navy official John Daniels.

Daniels told News 4 that a submarine off the coast of California launched a Trident II missile at 3:30 a.m. and another at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Daniels said the missiles were "not armed" and "not conducted in response to any ongoing world events."

At no time did the missiles fly over land, he added.

Daniels said flight tests are conducted on a frequent, recurring scheduled basis to ensure the reliability of the system.


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