Runaway surveillance blimp
So apparently the military keeps two enormous, unmanned, surveillance blimps hovering to keep watch over the capital, and a base in Maryland.
One of these giant blimps somehow came loose and floated over 100 miles with no one but the wind deciding the direction.
This in turn caused the large tether used to tie the blimp to the ground to drag behind and take out a whole mess of crap on its way.
Over 35,000 people in Pennsylvania were left without power after power lines were knocked down,
Why are they there in the first place?
According to the government, the blimp is used to watch for incoming missiles and threats on American soil. The Washington Post reports that these blimps are capable of spotting air attacks up to 340 miles away.
The fact that these unmanned flying machines can take off by themselves has added more dislike for these blimps than they already have garnered. Even before it took flight, East Coast residents aware of the blimps have worried about whether the blimps were there to protect, or to gather data on US citizens.
Not to mention, the $2.7 billion in tax money spent on these things.
Eventually the lighter-than-air blimp made its way down to earth and stopped damaging everything in its path. Unfortunately, the guys who let this get loose weren’t even the ones who stopped it.
No one did.
But John Cornelio, Spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command gave his best guess that, maybe it just ran out of helium?