Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Strange Lights In Sky Prompt Calls To Police

Strange Light Over El Paso
By Jake Rollow and Chris Roberts
El Paso Times
7-12-06

     Some Northeast El Pasoans called police this morning concerned by strange lights in the sky, police said.

Sergeant Rick Limas at the Northeast El Paso police substation said two or three calls came in around 6:00 a.m. "They think they might have seen something, but they are not sure if it's stars," Limas said.

Two flashes in the sky just after 5 a.m. this morning were created by missiles launched at White Sands Missile Range during a test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD.

THAAD was designed to be part of a layered ballistic missile defense system that could be used to protect the nation's coasts or used in combat areas by military personnel. Although the missile defense system had some well-publicized early failures, this morning's test was successful, according to Army officials.

The first flash was created by a Hera ballistic missile. As the missile gained altitude the missile moved out of the Earth's shadow, which allowed the sun to illuminate it's smoke trail. The second, smaller flash came when the THAAD missile hit and destroyed the Hera.

Specialist Vanity Walden, at the Fort Bliss Military Police Station, said she and others at the station did not know the test would be performed but received a call about the unusual light this morning.

"We all ran outside," she said. "We thought it was the moon reflecting off a cloud." Walden said then a white ball appeared in the sky.

"It was pretty cool," she said.

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See Also: Strange Lights Could Have Been a UFO

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