US military shoots down another suspicious object over Lake Huron, officials say

The latest high-altitude object was shot down over Lake Huron out of caution to protect civilian aviation.

Published: February 12, 2023 4:02pm

Updated: February 12, 2023 10:37pm

The U.S. military shot down another suspicious object on Sunday, marking the fourth object to be shot down by U.S. forces over North America in just over a week.

The latest high-altitude object was shot down over Lake Huron, officials said. 

U.S. forces downed the object Sunday afternoon after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a  "national defense airspace" temporary flight restriction Sunday afternoon over part of Lake Michigan. The restriction was removed after several hours.

"US military has decommissioned another 'object' over Lake Huron," Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman (R) tweeted Sunday. "I appreciate the decisive action by our fighter pilots. The American people deserve far more answers than we have."

Before Sunday the United States downed three objects within a week that were believed to be surveillance balloons.

Officials said the object shot down Sunday in the Midwest appeared shaped like an octagon with strings hanging from it. It was shot down out of the abundance of caution to ensure no civilian aircraft were endangered, officials said.

“They informed me that an F-16 using an AIM-9 missile had shot down an octagonal structure over Lake Huron. The altitude was about 20,000 feet,” Bergman, R-Mich., said in a phone interview aired by Fox News.

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