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Unidentified objects over North America

By Jon Dusza

Over the last couple of weeks, the United States military has shot down three flying objects in North American airspace.

The objects are technically still unidentified; however, it must be acknowledged that the image which is conjured up when one says “unidentified flying object” (UFO) — a flying saucer with little green beings in it — is not quite accurate to the reality of the situation. The objects were reportedly unmanned and were relatively small, around the size of a car, and were a cylindrical shape.

Objects were shot down over Alaska, Yukon and Lake Huron. Missions to retrieve the debris from the objects are still ongoing.

These events come days after a Chinese balloon flew over the United States, before being shot down once it was clear that no civilians would be harmed by the balloon’s remains. President Biden said at a press conference on Thursday: “We don’t yet know exactly what these three objects were but nothing right now suggests they were related to China’s spy balloon program or that they were surveillance vehicles from any other country.” He continued on to say that the U.S. intelligence community believes the objects were most likely balloons of some sort.

Since then, a person in Canada who studies UFOs, Chris Rutkowski, told Global News that he has heard an uptick in UFO reports in Canada since these incidents. Those reports, however, may be exaggerated by those reporting them, as if somebody is thinking about UFOs — as many Canadians would have been after the object was shot down over their country — the chances of people misidentifying a normal aeronautical vehicle as a UFO would increase.

The objects by most accounts did not appear to pose a direct threat to people living in the area, aside from the potential for injuries from debris and the objects taking up airspace. Still, any story such as this is bound to gather attention.

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