US Military Takes Down Another Object, Fourth One in Eight Days

US Military Takes Down Another Object, Fourth One in Eight Days

( – On February 1, a Chinese spy balloon was spotted over Billings, Montana. At that point, it had been in American airspace for a couple of days, collecting data. Eventually, the US military shot it down in South Carolina. That seemed to set off a tidal wave.

The Chinese spy balloon was the first of four objects shot down over North American airspace in two weeks. The balloon was 200 feet tall and was carrying equipment to collect intelligence. Before being taken down, it reportedly flew over several sensitive sites. On Friday, February 10, an object the size of a small vehicle was shot down by US forces over Dead Horse, Alaska.

On Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a US F-22 shot down an unidentified object that was violating the country’s airspace over Yukon territory.

The object that was shot down in Canada was reportedly similar in shape to the Chinese spy balloon, but it was smaller. Trudeau said Canadian Forces were going to recover the wreckage and analyze it. Then, Sunday afternoon, another unidentified flying object, octagonal in shape, was spotted over Lake Huron.

On February 13, The New York Times reported White House officials revealed the objects that were shot down did not have surveillance equipment on board. However, they posed a threat to civilian air traffic because they were flying lower than the spy balloon. Their altitudes ranged from 20,000 to 40,000 feet, while air traffic flies at 30,000 feet.

National Security Council spokesman John F. Kirby said the military hadn’t identified what the purpose of the objects was, but officials don’t believe anyone on the ground was in danger. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reassured the American people the objects were not sent by aliens. Though, it’s not clear if that was good or disappointing news for some people.

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