Cue the Twilight Zone theme.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the object shot down by US aircraft over Lake Huron on Sunday afternoon was “shaped like an octagon”.
Octagon via Wikipedia.
“An F-16 fighter jet shot down the object, according to a congressional aide, who said the object was shaped like an octagon and was at an altitude of 20,000 feet, posing a hazard to commercial aircraft.”
Running: BREAKING: Congressman reports object over Lake Huron “decommissioned” (UPDATE: More sources confirm shootdown)
“The object was shaped like an octagon and was at an altitude of 20,000 feet” — WSJhttps://t.co/2B8KaPg7g2
— John Levin (@JonathanLevin) February 12, 2023
Reuters reported on Saturday that the object shot over Canada’s Yukon Territory was “cylindrical” (excerpt):
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first announced the shooting in the northern Yukon Territory on Saturday, saying Canadian forces would recover and analyze the debris.
Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand declined to speculate on the origin of the object, which she said was cylindrical in shape.
He stopped short of calling it a balloon but said it was smaller, though similar in appearance, to the Chinese balloon shot off the coast of South Carolina a week ago.
At 40,000 feet (12,200 meters), it posed a risk to civilian aviation and was shot down at 3:41 EST (2041 GMT), he added.
TGP reported that pilots who shot down the object in Alaska on Friday said it “interfered with sensors” and that they saw no detectable propulsion.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said the Michigan National Guard is “ready,” adding, “Our national safety and security is always a top priority. I’ve been in contact with the federal government and our partners who were looking for an object near our airspace. I’m pleased to report that It was evacuated quickly, safely and securely. The @MINationalGuard is ready.”
Our national safety and security is always a top priority. I contacted the federal government and our partners who were looking for an object near our airspace. I am happy to report that it was removed quickly, safely and securely. The @MINationalGuard standing ready
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) February 12, 2023