On Sunday, Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI) took to Twitter to announce that the military had shot down another "object" that had been identified over Lake Huron. Bergman tweeted, "I've been in contact with DoD regarding operations across the Great Lakes region today. The U.S. 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."
The incident began earlier Sunday when the U.S. closed and then reopened airspace over Lake Huron. That was then followed by Canada closing its airspace over Lake Huron before the U.S. military reportedly shot down the object.
According to a statement released by Canadian Defence Minister, Anita Anand, the takedown of the object was a joint NORAD operation. Anand's statement read, "Today, a high-altitude object was detected in U.S. airspace over Lake Huron. NORAD launched Canadian and U.S. aircraft to investigate, and the object was taken down in U.S. airspace by U.S. aircraft."
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) also tweeted reassurances that the object over Lake Huron was being assessed and dealt with, saying, "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."
Meanwhile, FlightRadar24 images showed a U.S. aircraft tracking an object from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.
While some congressmen offered reassurances to constituents, others demanded answers from the government.
Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) tweeted, "BREAKING: The U.S. military has shot down another unidentified flying object over Lake Huron. We need answers now."
NBC news also tweeted a handful of details that were available regarding the decommissioning of the object, posting, "NEWS: The U.S. military shot down another unidentified object over Lake Huron, two sources tell @ckubeNBC and me. The officials say there are no indications of any collateral damage. The object went down in the lake, and the officials expect to recover it."
While politicians tweeted discontent and reassurances, locals on the ground were tweeting videos of an E-3 Sentry aircraft that was spotted flying near both Lake Huron and Lake Michigan in Petoskey.
After the object had been shot down, Rep. Slotkin tweeted more details. "The object has been downed by pilots from the U.S. Air Force and National Guard. Great work by all who carried out this mission both in the air and back at headquarters. We're all interested in exactly what this object was and it's purpose. 1..../2/ As long as these things keep traversing the U.S. and Canada, I'll continue to ask for Congress to get a full briefing based on our exploitation of the wreckage."
Unfortunately, very little information is known about what the object was, how it was detected, or what methods were used to bring it down. Hopefully, Congress will be able to get some of the answers that Americans deserve.