A woman saw what she claims was an explosion in the sky over Billings on Friday, February 3, 2022, and she shared a video of the incident on Twitter.
MTN News interviewed Moore and confirmed she shot this video on Friday:
“Ok, so here’s what I just caught I few minutes ago out my window. I saw a jet go by so fast and then explosion in the sky. Holy crap! Billings MT,” said Dolly Moore on Twitter.
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The City of Billings posted on Twitter at 6:44 pm, “We are aware of the video shared on Twitter and claims of a “massive explosion” over Billings. However, our PD, Fire & airport have NOT been called to any incidents related to this video and there haven’t been any plane crashes picked up on radar.”
Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder told MTN News his office has received multiple reports but also could not verify them.
Justinformed Talk tweeted out a video of military choppers in the skies over Billings, saying, “New videos seem to show military being deployed in #Billings.”
In a call with Chinese officials on Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the spy balloon over the United States an “irresponsible act and a clear violation of U.S. sovereignty and international law.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled a high-stakes Beijing trip aimed at easing U.S.-China tensions as the Chinese spy balloon moves east from central North America.
These developments marked a new blow to already strained U.S.-Chinese relations, which have been in a downward spiral for years over numerous issues
U.S. officials maintained that diplomatic channels remain open and that Blinken was willing to travel to China at “an appropriate time.”
“After consultations with our interagency partners, as well as with Congress, we have concluded that the conditions are not right at this moment for Secretary Blinken to travel to China,” the official told reporters, noting that Blinken was due to depart Friday night for Beijing.
“In this current environment, I think it would have significantly narrowed the agenda that we would have been able to address,” the official added.
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Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement Friday, “Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Director of the CCP Central Foreign Affairs Office Wang Yi to convey that he will not be traveling to the People’s Republic of China at this time in light of the current presence of a high-altitude PRC surveillance balloon in U.S. airspace.”
Price said, “The Secretary relayed that he had planned to visit Beijing to follow up on the agenda agreed to by President Biden and President Xi in November in Bali. The Secretary noted the PRC’s statement of regret but conveyed that this is an irresponsible act and a clear violation of U.S. sovereignty and international law that undermined the purpose of the trip.”
“The Secretary explained that in light of this ongoing issue, it would not be appropriate to visit Beijing at this time. He underscored that the United States is committed to diplomatic engagement and maintaining open lines of communication, and that he would be prepared to visit Beijing as soon as conditions allow,” Price concluded.
Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said Friday that the North American Aerospace Defense Command continues to monitor the Chinese spy balloon closely.
It continues to move eastward and is over the central part of the continental US, he added, “It’s as specific as I’m going to get.”
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