Bright light in morning sky was white plume from missile test
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PHOENIX (AP) - People across the Southwest got an early morning sky show, 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, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas just before sunrise, and led to hundreds of calls and emails to area television stations.
Law enforcement agencies in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado received some reports of a crash, but those were quickly discounted.
The unarmed Juno ballistic missile that was fired at 6:30 a.m. MDT from Fort Wingate near Gallup, N.M. Two Patriot missiles were then fired and hit the incoming Juno missile.
The Patriot missiles kill incoming targets by direct strike and don't explode.
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