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Runaway U.S. military blimp 'is down' in Pennsylvania; thousands without power

(Reuters) - A high-tech U.S. military blimp equipped with radar to help detect a missile attack on the U.S. capital has landed in Montour County, Pennsylvania, a county emergency management official said on Wednesday.

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A Raytheon Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) aerostat is pictured on the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, in this February 22, 2012 photo file photo. REUTERS/John Hamilton/DVIDS/Handout/Files

(Reuters) - A high-tech U.S. military blimp equipped with radar to help detect a missile attack on the U.S. capital has landed in Montour County, Pennsylvania, a county emergency management official said on Wednesday.

"It is down in Montour County," said John Thomas, a spokesman for the Columbia County emergency management agency. "It's pretty rural out through there."

Thomas said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the grounding, though he said the blimp's wayward journey has left thousands of people without power.

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Reporting by Eric M. Johnson

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