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A Trident II D-5 ballistic missile is launched from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine Kentucky during a test in the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 7, 2015.  (Credit: U.S. Navy)

A Trident II D-5 ballistic missile is launched from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine Kentucky during a test in the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 7, 2015.  (Credit: U.S. Navy)

The Pentagon has released its first images of a missile launch in the Pacific over the weekend that rattled Californians up and down the coast.

One dramatic image shows bright fire streaking from the tail a Trident II D5 missile as it launched Saturday night from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine Kentucky. The launch was one of two the Navy conducted during exercises off the Southern California coast and the 156th successful test flight of the missile, officials said.

A congressional delegation that included representatives from Arkansas and Indiana were able to watch Saturday’s test, the Navy said.

A second successful test launch took place Monday afternoon, the Navy said. The blastoff took place with far less fanfare than Saturday night’s launch, which provoked residents from San Francisco to Mexico to take to social media, posting photos of an eerie-looking, bluish-green plume smeared above the Pacific.

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