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Was there another Chinese weather/spy balloons floating over Colorado this weekend?

Feb 26, 2024, 5:06 PM

We all remember the saga around the Chinese spy/weather balloon that floated over the United States, and eventually was shot down last year, right? Well, another unknown balloon was floating over America, including Colorado, this weekend, but this one didn’t seem to cause as much uproar… 

Defense officials said there was no threat from a high-altitude balloon that floated across parts of the western U.S., including parts of Colorado and Utah on Friday.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs confirmed it had detected the object and sent aircraft to investigate the balloon, which it intercepted over Utah. They did not shoot it down and are continuing to track the balloon to ensure there is no hazard to aviation.

“It’s not clear where this particular object today originated from. And that’s one of the challenges with balloons,” said Iain Boyd, director of the Center for National Security Initiatives at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

On Saturday, an official with the Department of Defense told CBS News that the object was actually a hobbyist balloon. 

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Was there another Chinese weather/spy balloons floating over Colorado this weekend?