The balloon

Steven Wyatt, a federal spokesman at the Y-12 National Security Complex, won’t say whether Y-12 has returned to its owners a weather balloon that landed at the high-security site on Sunday. The balloon was reportedly part of a tracking competition that originated in Middle Tennessee.

“We are not commenting further about the balloon landing,” he said via email. Wyatt earlier said the balloon was in Y-12’s “custody.”

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