(COLORADO) — The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) says temporary flight restrictions have been lifted during recovery operations for the “high-altitude airborne object” that was shot down on Friday, Feb. 10.

  • In this photo provided by Brian Branch, a large balloon drifts above the Kingstown, N.C. area, with an airplane and its contrail seen below it. The United States says it is a Chinese spy balloon moving east over America at an altitude of about 60,000 feet (18,600 meters), but China insists the balloon is just an errant civilian airship used mainly for meteorological research that went off course due to winds and has only limited “self-steering” capabilities.

Flight restrictions took effect over Lake Michigan at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, according to NORAD. The decision came from wanting to “ensure the safety of air traffic in the area during NORAD operations.

Those flight restrictions have since been lifted, per NORAD.