The light in the sky south of the Cortez Airport was from a missile contrail from the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
A spokesman for the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range tells The Associated Press the contrail was from a Juno ballistic missile that was fired at 6:30 a.m. MDT Thursday from Fort Wingate near Gallup, N.M. The Juno missile was then targeted by an advanced version ofthe Patriot missile fired from White Sands.
The odd appearance in the sky had the Cortez area buzzing with intrigue.
Source: Cortez Journal
Missile or other condensation trails often catch people’s attention. They assume they are something weird.
I like when there is an answer. Often when you have enough info, you can make a match. When you don’t, you can’t. But that doesn’t mean “MYSTERY!!!”, it simply means we just don’t know.
Addition: This was also seen in Denver.
Calls began coming in to dispatchers, and two deputies on the other side of San Juan County were dispatched to look for a crash. But Roberts said he quickly waved them off.
“We had gotten reports that there was an explosion or a UFO or missile or whatever, and people thought it was real close so they were concerned there would be debris falling from the sky,” Roberts said. “To me, it was obvious when I saw it, it was real high altitude. It wasn’t something real close.”