On February 1st, 2023, a UFO sighting was reported in Laurel, Montana. According to the witness, the object appeared as a stationary, bright white orb about a quarter of the size of the moon, and was visible for at least two hours. The witness also mentioned that the local airport (BIL) unexpectedly grounded or re-routed all flights for about 1.5 hours during this time period, with limited explanation given.
The sighting has gained attention due to the recent discovery of a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon flying over U.S. airspace. The U.S. government has stated that they have “very high confidence” that the balloon is Chinese and that it was flying over sensitive sites, including Montana, which houses one of the country’s three nuclear missile silo sites located at Malmstrom Air Force Base, to collect information. The decision to not shoot the balloon down was made over concerns of hurting people on the ground.
This incident has added further strain to the already heightened tensions between the U.S. and China. The U.S. government has not officially commented on the UFO sighting, leaving many to speculate about the true nature of the object and its relation to the Chinese balloon.
The witness report of the UFO sighting, combined with the unexpected grounding of flights, has sparked the interest of the public and raises questions about the possibility of foreign surveillance or even extraterrestrial activity. However, until the U.S. government provides further information, the true identity of the object remains unknown.