FORT POLK, LA — During a military training exercise on Sunday, May 19, 2013, a small Army Aerostat Blimp broke free from its tether on the Peason Ridge area and began drifting in a westward direction from Fort Polk at an altitude of about 2,000 feet.
This blimp is designed to slowly lose altitude and would have made landfall sometime in the early morning hours of Monday. This light-weight, low-cost blimp will pose no threat to persons or property.
Personnel from Fort Polk are currently searching for this blimp which is the property of the federal government. Fort Polk officials have notified all local law enforcement and appropriate air traffic control agencies of this incident. If anyone has any information, please contact the Fort Polk Operations Center at (337) 531-4916.