Authorities Respond to Claims of Jetpack Sightings

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft from both the 8th and 419th Fighter Wings demonstrate an “elephant walk” formation as they taxi down a runway during an exercise Dec. 2, 2011, at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The exercise showcased the capability of Kunsan's Airmen to quickly and safely prepare aircraft for a wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas)

LOS ANGELES — Authorities investigating a series of possible jetpack sightings over Los Angeles believe they may have identified an explanation for the mysterious reports — one that requires no fuel, no engines, and no high-flying technology.

“One working theory is that pilots might have seen balloons,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Federal Aviation Administration said in statements after NBC Los Angeles obtained police video and photos that appear to show a human-shaped inflatable toy floating above Beverly Hills.

The theory gained support after images captured by a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter crew last year showed a human-shaped balloon — believed to be a life-sized Jack Skellington, of Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas” — thousands of feet in the air.

The images showed what could have been a single balloon from a Halloween decoration that broke loose and drifted into the sky.

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Peter K Baker
Peter K Baker
6 months ago

This jet pack thing has been happening in Latin America for decades . One of those History Channel specials covered it so there is a government investigation from down there to start on it . It’s just now whatever that is it is up in the U.S. now.

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