An explosion in the sky over Billings Montana, where a Chinese spy balloon has been flying over the region, was caught on camera Friday.
Mysterious video of the aftermath shows a trail of smoke in the sky where the balloon was last spotted.
Dolly Moore, who took video of the scene, said she ‘saw a jet go by so fast and then explosion in the sky.’
As the video spread on social media, Defense officials have said the balloon over Montana has not exploded.
Ok, so here’s what I just caught I few minutes ago out my window. I saw a jet go by so fast and then explosion in the sky. Holy crap! Billings MT. pic.twitter.com/swr8ERC6pf
— Dolly Moore (@MMtTreasures) February 4, 2023
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte told Fox News that he was just informed of a reported explosion in Billings, Montana, says they are “monitoring the situation.”
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte tells Fox he was just informed of a reported explosion in Billings, Montana, says they are “monitoring the situation.” pic.twitter.com/4f7TmcoHJb
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) February 4, 2023
It comes after the US State Department called the balloon, which was traveling over U.S. airspace at 60,000 feet, a ‘clear violation’ of U.S. sovereignty, but said it wouldn’t be shot down because it was flying over a ‘number of sensitive sites.’
US officials had said that the balloon is large enough that destroying it would rain down debris, risking the safety of people on the ground.
Analysts said the balloon is about the size of ‘three buses’ and could be fitted with high-tech equipment including cameras, sensors and radar.
F-22 fight jets were mobilized to track the device as it hoved over Montana, which borders Canada, on Wednesday.
A US defense official said it entered US airspace ‘a couple days ago’ but its exact location was not shared.
Montana Senator Steve Daines, however, warned that the balloon might have been targeting his state’s nuclear missile fields.
‘Montana plays a vital national security role by housing nuclear missile silos at Malmstrom AFB,’ Daines wrote to the Department of Defense.
‘Given the increased hostility and destabilization around the globe aimed at the United States and our allies, I am alarmed by the fact that this spy balloon was able to infiltrate the airspace of our country and Montana.’
China’s foreign ministry said the balloon ‘seriously deviated from the scheduled route’ and expressed regret that ‘the airship strayed into the United States due to force majeure’ and claimed it was used for scientific research ‘such as meteorology’ – something Pentagon disputed.
The detection of the balloon, which triggered alarm in the White House and the Pentagon, adds to a series of recent controversies that have further strained the tense relationship between China and the United States.
Beijing had urged calm while it established the ‘facts’ before a statement on Friday morning said the balloon was a weather research device that had ‘deviated far from its planned course’.
The Chinese foreign ministry said it regretted that the balloon had mistakenly entered US airspace. Republican leaders and former President Donald Trump had led calls for the balloon to be show down.
THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION KNEW ABOUT THE CHINESE SPY BALLON EVER SINCE JANUARY 28, 2023, AND REFUSED TO SHOOT IT OUT OF OUR SOVEREIGN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AIR SPACE!!!
THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ONCE AGAIN FAILED THE AMERICAN CITIZENRY AND ONLY INFORMED THE AMERICAN CITIZENRY ONLY AFTER THE CHINESE SPY BALLONWAS CITED DEEP WITHIN OUR OUR SOVEREIGN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AIR SPACE EVEN THEN, THE ENTIRE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION REFUSED ALL CRIES BY THE AMERICAN CITIZENRY TO “SHOOT THE F–KING CHINESE SPY BALLON OUT OF OUR UNITED STATES SKIES!!!”
BIDEN IS DEFINITELY IN BED WITH THE CCP AND ONLY TOOK ACTION TO SHOOT DOWN CHINAS SPYING BALLON ONLY AFTER IT WAS OVER THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, WHICH IS JUST PRIME EXAMPLE OF JUST HOW WEAK THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION & THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS!!!!
IF IT WERE ANY OTHER PRESIDENT IN OFFICE, THEY WOULD HAVE BLOWNTHAT CHINESE SPY BALLON TO PIECES THE SECOND IT WAS SPOTTED IN OUR SOVEREIGN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AIR SPACE!!!
Chinas has satellites that can pick faces out of a crowd and serial numbers off of stolen goods.
Why on Earth would it need to send something so obvious!?! It’s probably what China said it was, a weather balloon.
So if they shot down that one yesterday an the one today they said is the one from Montana they shot down this afternoon over the Atlantic Ocean out from myrtle beach . So there should be debris In two locations or one is lying???
What , is wrong with these woke leaders. I can’t believe it. Milley get lost.
Why did they wait if they knew about the balloon since last month? The regime needed some timely good news for their puppet biden to boast about when he reads off his teleprompter in this week’s State of the Union address.
Oh, and that contrail on the video? That’s no balloon shoot down. A balloon puncture, as the video of the actual shoot down today showed has nothing but a “poof”of helium, followed by the balloon and its payload descending straight down limply.
That kind of smoke can only be produced by a solid state rocket motor. It’s some test of a missile – likely one of those ICBM’s in a silo being tested, absent its warhead. It looks like it’s falling because rocket trajectories look that way from the ground. I know because I live in Florida and see the launches from Cape Canaveral. After they initially ascend, they appear to descend like they are about to crash as the trajectory approaches the horizon.