A U.S. Air Force F-22 fighter jet shot down an unidentified cylindrical object over Canada, the second such incident in as many days. It comes after the U.S. Air Force shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon on 4 February.
F-22 fighter aircraft have now shot down three objects in the airspace above the U.S. and Canada over the past week.
Speaking about the most recent shoot down the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said: “Those aircraft did not identify any object to correlate the radar hits.”
Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand declined to speculate about the origin of the object, which she said was cylindrical in shape.
Flying at 40,000 feet (12,200 m), it posed a risk to civilian air traffic and was shot down at 3:41 EST (2041 GMT), she added.
“There is no reason to believe that the impact of the object in Canadian territory is of any public concern,” Anand told a news conference.