(FeaturedNews.com) – Clips of the suspected Chinese spy balloon being shot down have taken over the internet. The videos quickly went viral after their posting.
The aircraft was first spotted over Billings, Montana, on Wednesday and was eventually revealed to be a suspected surveillance balloon from China. Following the revelation, many called for the balloon to be immediately shot down, but the Pentagon maintained that due to its location, the debris from its destruction could damage properties, and even injure and kill people in the surrounding area.
On Saturday afternoon, it was revealed that President Biden and his military officials had created a plan that would allow them to bring down the balloon as soon as it was over water. According to this plan, an F-22 fighter jet took on the task of bringing the balloon down a few miles off the coast of South Carolina. Following the revelation that the aircraft had been brought down, there were also a number of clips from the shooting that appeared online. In one of the clips shared, photographer Michael Steinberg appears to have captured the exact moment of the explosion. The video has been viewed 2.5 million times.
Devon Pace, a Twitter user, captured another video in which the destruction of the aircraft is clearly visible. Since its original posting, the clip has garnered more than 1.4 million views.
Former media executive Mike Sington also shared a clip of the shooting which has so far had over 200,000 views.
Moment the #ChineseSpyBalloon was shot down. #Balloon pic.twitter.com/H9skbByLUs
— Michael Steinberg (@MichaelWX18) February 4, 2023
Chinese spy balloon shot down. #ChineseSpyBalloon pic.twitter.com/2LNUUf0Qpr
— Devon Pace (@elitedevon) February 4, 2023
“They got the balloon!” Chinese spy balloon shot down just off the east coast, over US territorial waters. Mission accomplished. pic.twitter.com/5ND7kt4HPL
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) February 4, 2023
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