UPDATE: The City of Billings says they have not been able to confirm any explosions in or around the area. See the city’s Twitter post below.
We have confirmed with @MontanaDES & @GovGianforte that there have not been any explosions in, around, or across #Montana. They are aware of the video and it can not be substantiated. https://t.co/LDz0jyTC6g— City of Billings (@BillingsMT) February 4, 2023
DEVELOPING STORY: There’s purportedly been an explosion reported in the sky above Billings, Montana. The unconfirmed incident has been reported by Fox News Channel as well as local reporters. Video, which you can see below, purportedly shows what has been described as an explosion in the sky after a jet passes by.
There’s clearly something falling from the sky – but it’s unclear whether or not it’s the Chinese spy balloon. Another video shows a number of military helicopters in the air.
“I was notified of it just minutes before we came on air,” Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte said during an interview on Fox News Channel. The governor was not able to confirm the authenticity of the video, but told Tucker Carlson he’s talking to the National Guard to find out if they have additional info.
Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) posted a message on his Twitter account:
I am genuinely concerned with the lack of transparency about the original Chinese Spy balloon and potential unexplained explosion above Billings. I have reached out to the Commanding Officer at Malmstrom Air Force base for details.Rep. Matt Rosendale
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BREAKING: Billings, Montana @MMtTreasures just captured video moments after seeing a jet “go by so fast and then an explosion in the sky.” Was it the #ChinaBalloon? Nothing from the @PentagonPresSec or if the balloon was still in the area today. pic.twitter.com/WfckzMRGcI— Heidi Hatch KUTV (@tvheidihatch) February 4, 2023
Bozeman, Montana, a couple hours ago. Looks like the state’s readiness protocols have been activated in the wake of the Chinese spy balloon. pic.twitter.com/nA3lAH2NTw— Timothy Alberino (@TimothyAlberino) February 3, 2023
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte tells Fox he was just informed of a reported explosion in Billings, Montana, says they are “monitoring the situation.” pic.twitter.com/4f7TmcoHJb— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) February 4, 2023
Fox reports explosion over Billings, Montana. pic.twitter.com/1vsFlPO3ph— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) February 4, 2023