Recently here at the Gralien Report, I’ve been making frequent references to “Ghost Rockets,” a term first used to describe mystery aircraft seen during World War II. Granted, there is a curious lineage of UFO-related reports since that time which involve rocket and missile-like craft seen in various parts of the world (for more on this subject, click here). That said, in spite of the fact that “Ghost Rockets” in the traditional sense don’t always resemble projectiles, I was a bit amazed nonetheless when I came across this report earlier today. According to news sources in Southern California, an “unexplained missile” was apparently fired from along the coast near Los Angeles Monday evening. At present, the identity of object in question–as well as who may have fired it–both remain a mystery.

What is known of the incident, for now, is as follows: a CBS News traffic helicopter in the area managed to capture footage of the projectile, which Navy and Pentagon spokesmen have been unable to identify, nor have they claimed responsibility for it in any official statements released today. AOL News reported that an NBC Pentagon correspondent, Jim Miklaszewski, said the following of the incident: “This is bizarre.” Similarly, Robert Ellsworth, a former deputy Secretary of Defense, also commented on the missile, saying that “It is spectacular. It takes people’s breath away,” noting it could likely be “a test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile from a submarine,” for purposes of displaying a bit of “military muscle” to countries like China. But the question remains… who launched it?

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

2 Replies to “Mysterious Missile Causes Confusion Among Officials

  1. As always, Mr. Hanks, you’re always two steps ahead of everybody else 🙂

    The fact that NORAD hasn’t raised the threat level to Defcon2 would point out it was launched by some branch of the American Defense system.

    I don’t know which is more troubling, though: that either the Pentagon correspondent was lying to the American people about his knowledge of this missile’s origin… or that he actually *didn’t* know who launched it.

    And perhaps it wasn’t an ICBM. Perhaps it was the launching of a bonafide spaceship or orbital spy drone of some sort from a submarine tube. I remember digging up the plans for such a project somewhere in the net after a similar event that happened over Canada a while ago.

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