Military Tracks High-Altitude Balloon Over U.S.

The U.S. military is tracking a high-altitude balloon over the Western United States, two officials confirmed.

“In close coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detected a small balloon at an altitude varying between 43,000-45,000 ft,” North American Aerospace Defense Command Public Affairs said.

“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. The FAA also determined the balloon posed no hazard to flight safety. NORAD remains in close coordination with the FAA to ensure flight safety.”

The origin of the balloon and its purpose are not yet known, but according to the military it is not determined to be a threat.