The balloon, which Pentagon officials said was a surveillance device but China claims was a civilian meteorological aircraft, was shot down Saturday.
By Friday, February 3, the balloon had made its way across the central United States, being spotted in Kansas City, Missouri.
"It is not the first time that you've had a balloon of this nature cross over the continental United States," a senior US defense official told reporters on Thursday. "It's happened a handful of other times over the past few years, to include before this administration.
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