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UPDATE: U.S. Has SHOT DOWN Chinese Spy Balloon!


The U.S. military has shot down the alleged Chinese spy balloon off the coast of the Carolinas.

The balloon was spotted over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at 2:00 pm ET.

Fighter jets circled the balloon shortly after as they prepared to shoot it down.

The military shot down the balloon at approximately 2:38 pm ET just off the coast of the Carolinas.


According to Paul Sperry, the balloon was flying as low as 35,000 feet and potentially in the path of commercial passenger jets.

The FAA had blocked off airspace along the coast of the Carolinas.

The FAA also issued a ground stop for three airports in the Carolinas.

From CNN:

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a ground stop for three airports in the Carolinas as a suspected Chinese spy balloon drifts through the area, a spokesperson confirmed in a statement.

The administration also restricted airspace near Myrtle Beach between 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. ET. for “national defense airspace.”

The affected airports are in Wilmington, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

“The FAA has paused departures from and arrivals to Wilmington (ILM), Myrtle Beach International (MYR) and Charleston International (CHS) airports to support the Department of Defense in a national security effort,” the FAA said in a statement.

AP provided additional details:

The United States on Saturday downed a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America and became the latest flashpoint in tensions between Washington and Beijing.

An operation was underway in U.S. territorial waters in the Atlantic Ocean to recover debris from the balloon, which had been flying at about 60,000 feet and was estimated to be about the size of three school buses. The balloon was downed by Air Force fighter aircraft, according to two officials who were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

President Joe Biden had told reporters earlier Saturday that “we’re going to take care of it,” when asked about the balloon. The Federal Aviation Administration and Coast Guard worked to clear the airspace and water below the balloon as it reached the ocean.


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