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Spy satellite launch visible as orange streak above California

A bright light seen soaring above southern California on Saturday night was from the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launching its latest Spy Satellite.

The intelligence agency sent a classified NROL-42 Satellite aloft from an Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base just before 11 p.m. local time, mystifying earth-bound bystanders that caught sight of its journey.

From Los Angeles, many took to Twitter to speculate if the glowing orange light had an ominous origin.

The Los Angeles Fire Department quickly warned its Twitter audience about the Vandenberg launch and that it was likely visible against the night sky.

The United Launch Alliance streamed the rocket's take-off but cut the video feed short after three minutes.

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