Florida boy Elijah Bradbroke expressed his ‘strong dissatisfaction’ today after a US F-22 fighter jet shot down and destroyed a group of balloons on display at his fourth birthday party.
A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed late this morning that the balloons had been dismantled. “At 13:21 EST an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile was used at an altitude of 6.4 feet to dismantle four unidentified airborne objects,” a statement read.
“Three of the balloons were round in shape; one was in the shape of a number four, which we believe could be some sort of code or communication device.
“We are also analysing the meaning of a ‘Spiderman’ character, which featured on one of the balloons”.
A nearby pinata, which officials said worked like a ‘cluster bomb’, was also destroyed, scattering hundreds of smaller items around the park.
More to come.