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Google Balloon Freaks Out Farmers in Colombia

Farmers in the central Tolima province in Colombia got a bit of a scare at the weekend when an internet balloon crashed into a field.

Residents say they were terrified when the object crashed, mistaking it for a UFO. “It was smoking and a strange liquid was leaking from it,” said a resident of the small town of San Luis, according to BBC News. “We all thought it was a UFO or the remains of a space craft,” locals told El Tiempo newspaper.

The object was identified as an internet balloon developed by X, a company originally founded by Google. The balloons are used to carry devices that relay internet signals to rural and remote areas.

Matt Kendall

During his 2+ years as Chief Editor at Nearshore Americas, Matt Kendall operated at the heart of both the Nearshore BPO and IT services industries, reporting on the most impactful stories and trends in the sector.

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