On Friday night, SpaceX launched its latest rocket and caused a bit of a panic in Southern California and Arizona.

The launch, which was SpaceX’s final launch of 2017, saw the Falcon 9 booster take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:30 pm. 

The rocket was carrying 10 Iridium communication satellites which were deposited into space.

Although it was a routine launch for the space exploration company, this one created quite a sight in the skies above that region of the United States.

The rocket soared through the early evening sky leaving behind a trail of blinding white light that looked like something straight out of a science fiction movie.

This #SpaceX launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base was exactly 800 times cooler than I thought it would be. This was the view from Old Town Pasadena. Thanks to ABC7 Photog Jamie Evans for the Video. #rocket#UFOpic.twitter.com/PbtqWki6J7

— Rob Hayes (@abc7robhayes) December 23, 2017

Not knowing what it was, people soon began to jump to conclusions on Twitter. 

Aliens were a very popular theory.

Aliens are real and it’s over for mankind pic.twitter.com/FnmKbnynCF

— blake (@Yungasshat) December 23, 2017

if aliens are real I’m honestly not even upset, I’m down for that

— Cole Bennett (@_ColeBennett_) December 23, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: ALIENS ARE HERE pic.twitter.com/fpe95b1fF8

— Cameron Dallas (@camerondallas) December 23, 2017

There is absolutely an alien worm hole that just opened up over LA. I am fine with this. Welcomed. Hope the M.I.B don’t show up to tell me it’s a weather ballon or some lie. THIS IS ALIEN! pic.twitter.com/ywSt1Exf5D

— Keegan Allen (@KeeganAllen) December 23, 2017

I’m calling bullshit on SpaceX’s excuse. That shit’s a UFO and there’s been others that have been seen that are just like it!!

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 23, 2017

Just your normal, everyday space alien sky battle over Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/xempecfe04

— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) December 23, 2017

Anybody else in LA see that shit in the sky just now…?😳🛸🛸🛸😳

— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) December 23, 2017

Others, worryingly, thought that North Korea was attacking…

Space X needs to do better job of warning us before their launch. Was convinced UFO or North Korea was in our air

— Patrick Shriver (@PSchwarzenegger) December 23, 2017

Why doesn’t @SpaceX tell us before they launch some shit so we don’t all think North Korea is bombing us? #SpaceX

— Chris D’Elia (@chrisdelia) December 23, 2017

Not knowing if that was Space X or North Korea pic.twitter.com/Ey152miaLJ

— DJ POOH (@DJPooh) December 23, 2017

.@elonmusk thanks for the heads up. all of LA just shit our pants #northkorea
We seriously were about to head to @tacobell I’ve always promised myself when the end came I would go back. YOLO pic.twitter.com/II1kvC8Lrq

— Jillian Michaels (@JillianMichaels) December 23, 2017

Residents soon began to call TV stations and local law enforcement agencies with concerns about what was going on in the sky above them.

The Daily Mail reports that at least 130 people in a particular area of Los Angeles County called 911 about the incident. 

Although there was nothing at all to worry about the LA Fire Department did advise citizens that the “mysterious light in the sky” was from the rocket and nothing else.

Once they realised everything was OK, everyone seemed to have a lot of fun with the hysteria the launch caused

*Alien invades Earth*

Us: *memes*

— Feliz Navidaddy 🐝🇩🇴🎄 (@SavinTheBees) December 23, 2017

only logical explanation#SpaceXpic.twitter.com/BwA8W3fscB

— 👁 (@abexfrndz) December 23, 2017

TFW when you see #SpaceX launch: pic.twitter.com/H5kSY9QrRA

— Elizabeth Tulloch (@BitsieTulloch) December 23, 2017

This explains everything!! #SpaceXpic.twitter.com/b7DAVuL39u

— Piques (@piques15) December 23, 2017

Even SpaceX CEO Elon Musk got in on the fun.

Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea pic.twitter.com/GUIHpKkkp5

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2017

Big thanks to @elonmusk and @SpaceX for the hilarious alien debate that ensued between my family once we saw your rocket in the sky tonight

— Max Power (@CristatoLive) December 23, 2017

It was definitely aliens

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2017

Luckily Mulder and Scully are on the case. 

We’re sending our top people to investigate the aliens. #TheXFilespic.twitter.com/lsf2heZdLO

— The X-Files (@thexfiles) December 23, 2017

Even former Superman actor Dean Cain enjoyed the show.

Wow. #spaceX just sent a rocket to space. Amazing early evening surprise! pic.twitter.com/8txUbV393U

— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) December 23, 2017

HT Daily Mail


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