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At 2:25 a.m. on February 25, 1942, most of the greater Los Angeles region's three million population was awakened by loud air raid sirens that kept wailing for the next thirty-eight minutes.
Powerful searchlights were aimed at a glowing unidentified aerial object over the Santa Monica Mountains that was shaped like a "lozenge."
Moments later, America's 37th Coast Artillery Brigade fired off 1,430 anti-aircraft shells at the UFO.
Attempts to arrive at an explanation of the incident quickly became as involved and mysterious as the “battle” itself.
The Navy immediately insisted that there was no evidence of the presence of enemy planes, and Secretary [of the Navy] Frank Knox announced at a press conference on 25 February that the raid was just a false alarm.