SAN FRANCISCO — A bright light with a glowing tail spotted in the San Francisco Bay Area sky early Tuesday morning was a Navy missile test that had been in the works for years.

U.S. Navy spokesman John Daniels told the East Bay Times that a submarine off the coast launched a Trident II D-5 missile at 3:30 a.m. and another at 6:20 a.m.

Daniels said the routine test was “not in response to any ongoing world activities” and that tests are conducted for training and maintenance of the missile system. He said the missiles fly over water, and not over inhabited areas.

The Trident II is a three-stage missile with a 4,000-mile range. Daniels said residents likely saw stage one, which lasts about a minute, and possibly part of stage two.

Victor Nazareth on Twitter

Oooh! Clear morning sky above MTV with what appears to be a #meteor burning up in the sky! Anyone else see it? Confirmations?

David Torre on Twitter

Interesting object in the #halfmoonbay sky this morning. Meteor?

Bright Light in Bay Area Sky Was Missile Test 14 February,2017David Marks

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