A Google Balloon Crashed in This Country and People Thought It Was a UFO

Mar 15, 2017

A balloon developed by a Google-owned company to increase wireless internet access in remote areas was mistakenly thought to be an unidentified flying object when it crashed in a field in Colombia.

The balloon crashed in the central Tolima province in Colombia, the BBC reports, terrifying local residents.

"We all thought it was a UFO or the remains of a space craft," residents told a local paper, according to the BBC.

But the police ultimately identified the object as a balloon developed by X, which is owned by Google, (googl) aimed to increase internet access.

Another balloon from the same company crashed in Sri Lanka in February 2016.

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