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Ground Stop Issued for Three US Airports

The FAA has issued a ground stop for arrivals and departures at Wilmington International Airport, Myrtle Beach International Airport, and Charleston International Airport. Flights have been paused until 2:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Wilmington International Airport
Wilmington International Airport

Biden Administration Addresses Spy Balloon

The Biden administration is moving forward with plans to bring down a suspected spy balloon over the Atlantic Ocean. President Biden stated that the US would "take care of" the balloon, giving the operation the go-ahead.

The USS Carter Hall, a naval ship equipped with a 30-ton crane, travels to the balloon's vicinity. Reports and verified photos on social media suggest that the balloon was recently spotted in the skies of South Carolina.

China Acknowledges Spy Balloon

China has confirmed that the high-altitude balloon is theirs and referred to it as a civilian device used for scientific research such as meteorology, which blew off-course.