US detects balloon over western United States, not a threat-US official

By Thomson Reuters Feb 23, 2024 | 3:53 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military has detected a balloon of unidentified origin over the western United States but does not consider it to be a threat, an American official told Reuters on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The appearance of the balloon comes just over a year after a U.S. fighter jet off the coast of South Carolina dramatically shot down what it said was a Chinese spy balloon collecting intelligence over the United States.

The U.S. military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; editing by Jonathan Oatis)