Kingman resident Bryan LeMaster snapped this photo at about 5:45 a.m. Thursday.
(AP) - People across the Southwest got an early morning show in the sky Thursday, courtesy of a trio of unarmed missiles fired from New Mexico, one of which left a brilliant contrail that changed colors as it was illuminated by the rising sun.
The twisting cloud-like formation was visible in southern Colorado, Kingman, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas just before sunrise, and led to hundreds of calls and emails to area news organizations.
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012
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I got to see every second of this event. I was east boound on the I-40 at DW Ranch Rd at about 5:20 heading for the 93. It started off as a brilliant white light about 45 degrees above the horizon. It slowly drifted in a downword direction for about 20 seconds. Something looked like it split off, then about 10 seconds later it went away except for the contrail. Back in So.Cal, I got to see many missel launches from Vandenburg AFB and you could tell it came from the ground. This originated from a very high altitude!