The executive branch of the United States government has declared that President Joe Biden commanded US fighter jets to shoot down a mysterious airborne object that had been sighted above the Alaskan coastline.

At a briefing on Friday, John Kirby, the NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications, mentioned that an object had been detected hovering high in the sky at 40,000ft above US territory and posed a “reasonable threat” to the security of civilian planes.

According to Kirby, the object was approximately the size of a vehicle but much smaller than the balloon that was shot down the week prior.

South Carolina officials notified Fox News that they had located an “intact” package that had been dropped from a Chinese surveillance balloon in the nearby waters.

Last weekend, US military fighter jets brought down a payload, which is said to be the size of a bus, into the Atlantic Ocean, which has remained there ever since.

Recovery of the payload may be hampered due to strong winds of 35mph in the area and the possibility of inclement weather.

The FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, has taken possession of the fragments collected thus far to be examined. But, until now, US intelligence has uncovered that the balloon, which stayed in US airspace for eight days, is “an element of a Chinese surveillance balloon program” – an assertion China continues to repudiate.