VIDEO: Runaway Blimp Lands Safely with Help from New Jersey Fighter Jets

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ATLANTIC COUNTY- A blimp that drifted from the ground in Maryland this afternoon has since landed safely after floating over Pennsylvania with the help of fighter jets from the 177th fighter wing in Egg Harbor Township.
The Pentagon says the two F-16 fighter jets from the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base were sent to monitor the unmanned army surveillance blimp that tore loose from its ground tether.The blimp then came down late this afternoon in Pennsylvania, after apparently causing power outages for nearly 20,000 homes.
FAA officials worked with the military to ensure air traffic safety in the area. The aircraft can be used as part of a missile defense system and it is not yet clear how the blimp came loose.

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