On Friday, a resident from Billings, Montana shared a video on Twitter showing a trail of smoke in the sky where the balloon was last spotted.
Watch the video below:
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
Military helicopters were also spotted in Bozeman, Montana, but according to the uploader, “it might have been part of a military funeral.”
My wife filmed this video near our home. We are hearing now that it might have been part of a military funeral. If so, strange coincidence.
— Timothy Alberino (@TimothyAlberino) February 4, 2023
However, the City of Billings, Governor Greg Gianforte, and the Montana Department of Emergency Services confirmed on Friday night that there was no explosion in or around Billings, Montana.
“We are aware of the video shared on Twitter and claims of a “massive explosion” over Billings. However, our PD, Fire & airport have NOT been called to any incidents related to this video and there haven’t been any plane crashes picked up on radar,” according to the statement.
“We have confirmed with [Montana Disaster Emergency Services] and Gov. Greg Gianforte that there have not been any explosions in, around, or across Montana. They are aware of the video and it can not be substantiated,” the city added.
Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder told NBC affiliate KULR-TV in Billings that they are trying to verify if the video is legitimate.
On Friday night, Sheriff Mike Linder announced that his office had made contact with the woman who posted the video online.
Sheriff Linder believed the video was “legitimate,” but he couldn’t tell what exactly was seen in the video.
Sheriff Mike Linder says the sheriff’s office has made contact with the woman who shared the video of the object over Billings late Friday afternoon.
Linder says while they believe the video is legitimate, it is difficult to tell what exactly is seen in the video.
He goes on to say that there is no evidence that an aircraft went down or that there was an actual explosion over Billings.
The Sheriff says there have been no other reports from anyone to law enforcement who may have seen the incident.
He says the Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate any additional leads or information.