Blimps | WYPR


A slow-moving, unmanned Army surveillance blimp floated over Pennsylvania for hours causing electrical outages as its tether hit power lines, after it broke loose from its mooring at a Maryland military facility.

The 240-foot helium-filled blimp, which had two fighter jets on its tail, came down in at least two pieces Wednesday near Muncy, a small town about 80 miles north of Harrisburg, the state capital. No injuries were reported.

Update at 4:10 p.m. ET. Blimp Is Down:

A runaway giant surveillance blimp that was tailed by F-16 fighter jets from Maryland to Pennsylvania is now down and under control, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

Nikki Krize, a reporter for WNEP-TV, tweeted a picture that showed part of the blimp tangled with some trees near Muncy, Pa.

NORAD said that the area of the crash had been secured and "a military recovery team is enroute."