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Small, nonthreatening balloon intercepted over Utah by NORAD

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Posted at 8:55 PM, Feb 23, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-23 22:55:05-05

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A small balloon spotted flying high over the mountainous Western United States has been intercepted by a fighter jet over Utah.

North American Aerospace Defense Command fighter pilots sent to investigate the balloon determined it was not maneuverable and did not present a threat to national security.

There has been heightened interest in reports of balloon overflights after the military identified and eventually shot down a Chinese spy balloon that crossed much of the country last year.

Officials say the balloon intercepted Friday was not sent by a foreign adversary and poses no threat to aviation or the U.S.

WATCH LESTER HOLT SPEAKS WITH NORAD ABOUT CHINESE SPY BALLOON

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