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    South Korea’s Unannounced Rocket Launch Causes UFO Scare

    South Korea’s Unannounced Rocket Launch Causes UFO Scare

    SEOUL, South (AP) — South Korea's confirmed it test-fired a solid-fueled rocket Friday after its unannounced launch triggered brief public scare of a suspected appearance or a North Korean missile launch.

    The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the rocket launch was part of its efforts to build a space-based surveillance capability and bolster its defense posture.

    It said it didn't notify the general public of the launch in advance because it involved sensitive military security issues.

    A twisty tendril of vapor in white-to-red ombre could be seen snaking behind a bright white light in parts of South Korea's sky Friday evening. South Korean social media and internet sites were abuzz with messages by citizens who said they saw a soaring object, rainbow-colored vapor trail or other mysterious lights. Some also posted and videos.

    “What is this? Is this a UFO? I'm scared,” said one Twitter user. Another said they suspected it was a North Korean missile launch and worried about a war. Others suspected it was a drone light show or a supernatural phenomenon.

    South Korean emergency offices and police received hundreds of citizens' reports of witnessing of a suspicious flying object and mysterious lights across the country, according to local media.

    The South Korean rocket launch came four days after the South accused the North of flying five drones across the rivals' border Monday…

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