Final debris from Chinese spy balloon recovered

The Chinese balloon spent a week flying and surveilling the U.S. and Canada before President Biden ordered it be shot down off the Atlantic coast.

Published: February 17, 2023 1:31pm

Updated: February 17, 2023 2:32pm

The U.S military said Friday it has successfully recovered all of the debris from the Chinese spy balloon shot down earlier this month off the coast of South Carolina and that all of the content is going to the FBI.

"Final pieces of debris are being transferred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory in Virginia for counter-intelligence exploitation as has occurred with the previous surface and subsurface debris recovered," U.S. Northern Command in a statement

Recovery efforts concluded Thursday and safety perimeters around the area have been lifted, also according to the statement. 

The Chinese balloon spent a week flying and surveilling the United States and Canada before it was shot down Feb. 4.

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