Widely-shared videos that purportedly depict a “spaceship” or UFO flying through New Jersey skies on Monday seemed to confirm that 2020 is shaping up to be quite the apocalyptic year.
But as it turns out, the “unidentified flying object” hovering over the Garden State was quite identifiable, and common – it was a simple Goodyear blimp.
Blame it on being cooped up for so long that our minds are playing tricks on us.
TikTok user @.babyyjennii shared the video on Monday, which claimed to be showing a flying saucer hovering near New Jersey’s Route 21. Several other people could be seen standing on the side of the highway to snap photos and capture video of the advertising dirigible making its flight.
By Tuesday afternoon, the video managed to get nearly 5 million views and well over 600,000 likes.
However, Goodyear representatives confirmed that they had flown a blimp on Monday in New Jersey and neighboring New York City to film aerial footage of the NFL game pitting the New York Giants versus the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
“Yo! Deadass look, it’s a f*cking space ship,” one man says while sounding high. “What the f*ck? Look! Ya-what?”
“Yo, I thought I was buggin’? Where the f*ck that shit go? Look at this shit son! Lookit lookit lookit I thought I was buggin’. Is that a blimp?” another man said.
“Hay un OVNI” another woman exclaims, using the Spanish acronym for UFOs.
“Eyewitness accounts say a body came out of the ufo,” @yahnnisse wrote, claiming that the strange sighting had occurred in Passaic, New Jersey.
An Instagram account posted similar video depicting cars pulled over to better watch the visitor from another galaxy.
“There’s a f*cing UFO! Look at that sh*t, bro!” a man excitedly yells.
“New Jersey UFO sighting,” wrote Twitter user @derekdwatson as the caption to a video that racked up over 7,000 “likes” and nearly 3,000 retweets.
A separate video posted by @kvngjersey showed footage of the blimp hovering above Teterboro Airport.
In a June interview, President Donald Trump told his son Don Trump Jr. that he had heard some “interesting” things about supposed UFOs and the secretive Area 51 base near Roswell, New Mexico, that some theorists claim was a crash site for a UFO.
The U.S. government has been increasingly open in its discussions of UFOs since last September, when U.S. Navy admitted that widely-circulated video footage captured by Navy pilots that purportedly showed UFOs flying through the skies did depict actual “unknown” objects that flew into U.S. airspace.
While officials admitted that they have been baffled by the unknown flying objects, they also admit that past encounters with them have been frequent. They also said that rather than calling them “UFOs,” they prefer the term unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.