The U.S. military shot down a fourth aerial “object,” this time over Lake Huron on Sunday afternoon, according to the Defense Department, which described the object as “unmanned” and not a military threat to anything on the ground.
Officials said the object, initially detected Saturday night, was flying over Michigan’s upper peninsula at about 20,000 feet — an altitude and path that raised concerns about potential interference with commercial aviation.
Military leaders determined the object was not a threat, but they opted to shoot it down after tracking it over Lake Huron because it could pose a hazard to air traffic, Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, who oversees the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said at a news conference Sunday night. The debris appeared to land in Lake Huron, where recovery operations are being handled by the FBI on the American side and by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on that country’s side, VanHerck added.
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