A fishermen off the coast of Alaska discovered what is thought to be a large balloon.

A fishermen off the coast of Alaska discovered what is thought to be a large balloon.

American officials claim that a surveillance balloon from China was attempting to intercept communications.

According to U.S. officials, a surveillance balloon from China attempted to capture communication signals.

A U.S. official has confirmed to CBS News that fishermen found what looks to be a large balloon in the waters off the coast of Alaska on Friday.

The object is being brought to port for inspection by an official. Photographs of the object are being analyzed, but a precise identification cannot be made until it reaches port.

The authority emphasized that the US military did not shoot down the balloon.

A suspected Chinese spy balloon, believed to be operating at a high altitude, was observed hovering over the United States. It was later intercepted and taken out by a U.S. military aircraft near the South Carolina coast. According to officials, the balloon was equipped with advanced technology capable of gathering communication signals and confidential data.

The Chinese government claimed that the balloon was actually a meteorological satellite that had strayed from its intended path.

Fighter jets shot down

Multiple unidentifiable objects spotted in the skies above the United States and Canada in the next few weeks.

Late last month, North American Aerospace Defense Command the usage and activity of its users

disclosed that it was monitoring the utilization and behavior of its members

A second balloon at high altitude was spotted in the Western United States. The following day, NORAD confirmed that the item was identified as a recreational balloon and did not pose a danger to national safety.

— This report was a collaboration by David Martin, Eleanor Watson, and Caitlin Yilek.

Faris Tanyos

Source: cbsnews.com