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Breaking: Department of Defense downs high-altitude object over Lake Huron
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Breaking: Department of Defense downs high-altitude object over Lake Huron

The Department of Defense downed a high-altitude object over Lake Huron Sunday afternoon, multiple outlets reported.

"I’ve been in contact with [the Department of Defense] regarding operations across the Great Lakes region today," Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) tweeted around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

"The US military has decommissioned another 'object' over Lake Huron. I appreciate the decisive action by our fighter pilots. The American people deserve far more answers than we have."

"I've been in touch with the Pentagon, DHS, and FAA regarding the closure of air space over the Great Lakes. I'm glad the object was neutralized over Lake Huron and I'll continue pressing DoD for transparency," Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) tweeted around 4:15 EST.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) had not addressed the event on Twitter as of 4:30 p.m. Her most recent tweet, posted around 3:15 p.m., addressed the "Puppy Bowl."

Just prior to Congressman Bergman's tweet, colleague Rep. Elissa Slotkin (R-Mich.) also addressed the situation.

"Just got a call from @DeptofDefense — our military has an extremely close eye on the object above Lake Huron. We’ll know more about what this was in the coming days, but for now, be assured that all parties have been laser-focused on it from the moment it traversed our waters," the Congresswoman tweeted.

"This isn't acceptable. They need to know it's not acceptable. I think the Biden Administration first needs to be honest with the American people," Chad Wolf, former Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security told Fox News.

"[The Biden administration] needs to come out and explain what these objects are, what their intent was, [and] what is the response of the U.S. if this is specifically toward China or another adversary."

"It's a violation of sovereign airspace," Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) told CNN in the wake of the latest development in what has become a series of balloons and other crafts the U.S. military has taken down in the past several days.

"There's some pilot talk out there that maybe one of these devices can interfere with sensors on aircraft," Gen. Clark told CNN on the reported difficulties associated with detecting the crafts.

"It has to be determined exactly what they're after," Clark added.

"Maybe there are holes in the U.S. radar system. . .I just hope they tell us publicly what it is," Clack also said.

"Nobody should expect they could fly over U.S. airspace like this and not be taken down."

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction over Lake Michigan Sunday afternoon, classifying the area as "[national] defense airspace." The Notice to Air Missions (formerly Notice to Airmen) was issued at 1:02 p.m. EST. It warned pilots who violated the TFR could face a litany of civil and criminal penalties and charges.
Shortly after the NOTAM was issued, Fox News Channel's Lucas Tomlinson reported that fighter jets were in route to the area.
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