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The mystery beam had all the hallmarks of an alien landing straight out of a Hollywood sci-fi movie.
Internet conspiracy theorists immediately pointed to alien activity and some sort of ‘portal to another universe’.
Others noted that a major United States Navy weapons station is just six miles away at Seal Beach.
The Naval Weapons Station, which was opened in 1944, is charged with arming the US Pacific Fleet. But part of the station’s remit is to test and assess new and existing weapons – many of which are classified.
Some observers claimed the bizarre super-strong light beam may have been some sort of new weapons system.
In a video uploaded to YouTube by conspiracy investigators SecureTeam10, a bright light is seen being shone straight down from the sky.