The latest on an unmanned Army surveillance blimp that broke loose from its
ground tether at a military base in Maryland on Wednesday and drifted over
Pennsylvania state police say a military blimp that broke loose in Maryland
and drifted over Pennsylvania is on the ground and secure.
Bob Reese, a state police spokesman in Montoursville, says it came down in
the area of Muncy, near Williamsport.
The blimp caused about 18,000 power outages. Columbia County chief clerk
Gail Kipp says the blimp dragged its tether line, which took out power lines
and caused widespread outages.
The unmanned Army surveillance blimp broke loose from its ground tether at a
military base and drifted over central Pennsylvania as fighter jets tracked it.
The aircraft is known as a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated
Netted Sensor System and can be used as part of a missile defense system.
It’s not clear how the blimp came loose.