US – Washington says that they have been tracking a high altitude surveillance balloon over the US for several days, this balloon is as large as a bus.
A senior defense official told Pentagon reporters that the U.S. has “very high confidence” it is a Chinese high-altitude balloon and it was flying over sensitive sites to collect information. The balloon is currently floating over the Northern part of the US.
Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, Pentagon press secretary, provided a brief statement on the issue,
The United States Government has detected and is tracking a high altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now. The U.S. government, to include NORAD, continues to track and monitor it closely. The balloon is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground. Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years. Once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information.