Update: 3:35 PM EST
A Baltimore TV station is reporting that the blimp is on the ground in an unpopulated area of Millville Pennsylvania.
“Around 3:15 p.m., NORAD officials told WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Kim Dacey that the blimp was on the ground in an unpopulated area of Millville, Pennsylvania.”
The Baltimore Sun is reporting that a military blimp has come loose from its mooring in Maryland and is now drifting over Pennsylvania.
The blimp is reportedly connected with NORAD’s surveillance of the East Coast of the United States.
Two fighter jets from a nearby National Guard base are tracking the untethered Army blimp according to information from NORAD.
Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA has cancelled classes for the day due to a “widespread” power outage. There have been multiple reports that the blimp’s tether knocked out power in parts of the town.
Rise News talked to a spokesperson at the University who said that there was a large outage in the area but could not confirm if it was related to the blimp.
#BUAlert: Classes are cancelled until 4 p.m. due to widespread power outage. More details to follow.
— BloomsburgUniversity (@BloomsburgU) October 28, 2015
The blimp is really more of a stationary helium filled balloon called a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System aerostat or JLENS. From Raytheon, a company that produces the JLENS: “The helium filled aerostats, each nearly as long as a football field, carry powerful radars that can protect a territory roughly the size of Texas from airborne threats.” WATCH: A video from Raytheon explaining how JLENS work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8hkpQ8ujyM&app=desktop
Two F16 fighter jets from Atlantic City National Guard base are tracking the untethered Army blimp from Aberdeen Proving Ground–NORAD — cbsMcCormick (@cbsMcCormick) October 28, 2015
Stay with Rise News as this story will be updated
The blimp from @USAGAPG has come off its tether. If you see it on the ground, call 911. Here’s what it looks like. pic.twitter.com/mRHhpJdfHU — Joppa-Magnolia VFC (@jmvfc8) October 28, 2015
@ABC @GMA Landed in bloomsburg right by my school. Knocked out the power at CMVT. pic.twitter.com/WLJydKVf2I — Fisher P Creasy (@FPCreasy) October 28, 2015
BREAKING NEWS: The blimp has been spotted over Bloomsburg, PA. (@JonMeyerWNEP) https://t.co/D36Qx21K9I pic.twitter.com/Phr8LnR1M0
— Breaking News Feed (@PzFeed) October 28, 2015
Cover Photo Credit: Raytheon/ Youtube (Screenshot)