Spy balloon tracked by military not a spy balloon after all…

The spy balloon we told you about being tracked by the military this past week wasn’t a spy balloon after all.

According to NORAD, the balloon was a hobby balloon:

Here’s more via Fox News:

The Pentagon said the latest high altitude balloon detected over the United States is a “likely hobby” craft, about a year after a Chinese spy balloon traversed the continental U.S., sparking controversy.

“After yesterday’s fighter intercepts, and in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the North American Aerospace Defense Command monitored the likely hobby balloon via ground radars until it left US airspace overnight,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said Saturday in a statement, reported by ABC News and other outlets. No further information was immediately available.

NORAD first announced the high altitude balloon on Friday, noting that it was observed at between roughly 43,000 and 45,000 feet.

“The balloon was intercepted by NORAD fighters over Utah, who determined it was not maneuverable and did not present a threat to national security. NORAD will continue to track and monitor the balloon,” NORAD said. “The FAA also determined the balloon posed no hazard to flight safety. NORAD remains in close coordination with the FAA to ensure flight safety.”

I’m glad it was nothing. Go ahead and use this as an open thread:

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