Garden State motorists and social media users alike were abuzz with excitement on Monday night after a mystifying object was spotted in New Jersey hovering in the sky above Metlife Stadium, home to the New York Giants. The sight clogged up traffic as drivers stopped and angled for a better view, while footage of the craft went viral on social media, racking up millions of views on TikTok and Twitter.
A video of the aircraft suspended above the New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers football game at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium Monday night, according to Jalopnik, had the public completely stumped.
Some went online to voice their excitement at witnessing what they believed was a UFO.
I still can’t believe a UFO was spotted in New Jersey today! pic.twitter.com/ipi8S3caSz— 🤮 (@YoSoyHendejo) September 15, 2020
Even after it was pointed out that the craft was in fact a Goodyear blimp, some netizens were still brimming with conspiracy theories.
Well although we associate UFO with aliens specifically a ufo is quite literally just and unidentified flying object. So idk what it was and @GoodyearBlimp hasn’t come forward and said anything about being over Jersey. I guess we wait and see how it’s addressed.— 🌸Annie🌸 (@AnimeAnniePlays) September 15, 2020
hear me out it could be a quick diversion to send out a blimp when a sighting goes viral 🤔— Super Villian 47 (@javigodbody) September 15, 2020
I live near a football ground in the UK and one came over my house a few years ago. Military jets are built fairly locally, so sometimes there's testing of those going on around here. pic.twitter.com/mHgbYMa8K1— Ben Ashworth (@BenjaminJohn) September 15, 2020
I’d be freaked out if I came face to face with a blimp too. Just going along on your own business and you turn the corner BAM! Zeppelin sitting there with a switchblade and a pack of Newports. Whaddya do, you know? Anyway I hope the trauma wears off, blimps aren’t all bad.— Mutant Rave Massacre (@MutantRave) September 16, 2020
Amazing footage but you'll still get the debunkers saying it was fake or a weather balloon ffs 👏👏👏👏🙏🙏🙏😳— Sarah Morris (@SarahMo84990651) September 15, 2020
Some New Jersey residents thought 2020 had become even more apocalyptic with a sighting of an UFO on Monday.— ~Marietta✌ (@_MariettaDavis) September 15, 2020
People parked their cars to video with many going viral but it was only a Goodyear blimp...
unless the aliens stole that blimp? 👽#UFO #2020alypse pic.twitter.com/ydgL06XEas
Others on Twitter were much more down-to-earth about the sighting.
Great to see people talking about a blimp, considering there’s only 25 in the world pic.twitter.com/oAaKYf63Qq— Kevci4 (@kevci4) September 15, 2020
A UFO that follows FAA regulations with a blinking red beacon?? They must have studied our laws before they came, just to be safe— Gordox (@dragonflees) September 15, 2020
Other social media users joked that considering what 2020 had brought, the UFO sighting was hardly surprising, given the current state of things with the health crisis amid the raging coronavirus pandemic.