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Spectacular early morning sight! Minuteman III missile launched from Central Coast

GT243 Launches from Vandenberg
Airman 1st Class Ryan Quijas
U.S. Air Force
A Minuteman III missile is launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base early Tuesday night.

First intercontinental ballistic missile test launch of year from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

It was a spectacular sight on the Central Coast.

A Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base early Tuesday morning. The 12:46 a.m. launch was the latest in an ongoing series of test flights to check equipment and crew readiness.

The missile carried a dummy warhead more than four thousand miles to a test range in the South Pacific.

The launch had actually been planned for a few weeks ago, but was postponed because the Biden Administration didn't want to inflame already high tension with China.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.