VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (CBSLA) — A test missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday, lighting up the night sky over Central California.

The unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launched at 12:33 a.m. and traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

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Officials from the Air Force Global Strike Command, which conducted the test launch, say the test verifies the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, and are not a response to world events or regional tensions.

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Wednesday’s launch was the first launch of the year from this base, and the first since it became part of the newly designated United States Space Force.