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Runaway military blimp crash lands in Pennsylvania

© Leesburg Today - 10/28/2015

If you've been following the saga of the gigantic military blimp on the loose after it escaped from the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland today, you'll be relieved to hear it appears to be back on the ground.

The JLENS aerostat, about the size of a football field, got loose of its mooring around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday and floated over to Pennsylvania, dragging its broken cable and knocking out power to more than 20,000.

As of 4 p.m., the surveillance blimp had crash landed in Central Pennsylvania.

During its escape, the blimp reached an altitude of around 16,000 feet, and two NORAD fighter jets on its tail as defense officials tried to decide how to get it down.

The blimp is part of the Army and Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense.

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