21 memes about the 'Chinese spy balloon' being shot down

21 memes about the 'Chinese spy balloon' being shot down
Watch: Moment Chinese ‘spy balloon’ is shot down over Carolina

The United States military has shot down the so-called 'Chinese spy balloon' along the coast of North and South Carolina and people are having a field day.

Security concerns had been raised over the balloon after it was spotted over the skies of Montana earlier this week. US officials reportedly told the Associated Press that president Joe Biden had given the order to have it taken down in the safest way possible without harming any members of the public.

Sign up to our new free Indy100 weekly newsletter

US officials reportedly want to recover remnants of the balloon from the ocean.

In a statement the Federal Aviation Administration: "The FAA has paused departures to Wilmington (ILM), Myrtle Beach International (MYR) and Charleston International (CHS) airports to support the Department of Defense in a national security effort."

Despite this being a serious matter you can always rely on the internet to make a joke out of anything and this has inevitably caused a flurry of memes.

Even Donald Trump Jr couldn't resist getting involved with a questionable joke about his dad.

Remarkably the York County Sheriff's Office had to tell people not to try and shoot the balloon down with their pistols or rifles.

What a time to be alive.

Have your say in our news democracy. Click the upvote icon at the top of the page to help raise this article through the indy100 rankings.

The Conversation (0)