“Fighter aircraft assigned to US Northern Command took down the object within the last hour.”

Kirby described the object, which was unmanned, as “much, much smaller” than the Chinese balloon shot down six miles off the coast of South Carolina over the weekend.

Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said is is “the size of a small car” and was destroyed at around 1.45pm EST (6.45pm GMT) using heat-seeking missiles.

“It was not similar in size or shape to the high-altitude surveillance balloon that was taken down off the coast of South Carolina on February 4,” he said.

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