The FAA on Saturday shut down air space near the Atlantic as the Pentagon gears up to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon.
At 2:40 p.m. ET, just off the coast of the South Carolinas, the Pentagon shot down the spy balloon.
Watch the video:
🚨 BREAKING: The U.S. has shot down the Chinese Spy Balloon off of the coast of the Carolinas.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 4, 2023
On Tuesday, the US Navy posted photos showing sailors retrieving parts of downed Chinese spy surveillance.
Images that were posted on Twitter by the United States Fleet Forces show sailors from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 recovering a piece of the balloon on Sunday.
“US Navy Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 recover a high-altitude surveillance balloon off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Feb. 5, 2023,” the agency wrote on Twitter.
📍ATLANTIC OCEAN – @USNavy Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 recover a high-altitude surveillance balloon off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Feb. 5, 2023. pic.twitter.com/QwjSFQEw1b
— U.S. Fleet Forces (@USFleetForces) February 7, 2023
The Navy is still in the midst of the cleanup, which began Sunday after the balloon was downed by an F-22 on Saturday seven miles off the coast. Sailors aboard several ships continue to scan for debris of the estimated 200-foot aerial object that spent days floating over the country. Also on the balloon was a device roughly the size of a regional jet, U.S. Northern Command head Gen. Glen VanHerck told reporters Monday.
Authorities have advised civilians to not touch possible balloon fragments that may make it to the coastline as they are “are part of a federal investigation and tampering could interfere in that investigation,” according to the Myrtle Beach city government.
The balloon incident has set off harsh criticisms of the Biden administration by Republican lawmakers — and some Democrats — for what they are calling a failure to protect national security as the object flew over the country for a week before it was brought down.
Lawmakers on Monday announced they plan to probe the administration for allowing a foreign adversary’s surveillance device to breach U.S. airspace.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon said there were SIX Chinese spy balloons spotted over US territory during the Trump years.
But no one was notified in leadership in the Trump administration or the US intelligence department.
The story is literally changing by the hour.
AndGeneral Keith Kellogg, who was the Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the United States National Security Council in the Trump administration, says he was never notified!
What’s Going On? US Military NOW SAYS There Were SIX China Spy Balloons Spotted During Trump Years – BUT NO ONE WAS NOTIFIED https://t.co/Pv6g18Rn7s
— The Gateway Pundit (@gatewaypundit) February 7, 2023