Why Is North Korea Floating Trash Into South Korea?

A bizarre story of cross-border ballooning

Grant Piper
3 min read5 days ago

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In recent days, balloons have been falling from the sky across South Korea. These sacks of helium are large, slow, fat, and harmless, which has prompted the South Korean military to allow them to float on. Officials fear that firing on the balloons could spark a response from North Korea or escalate a…

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Grant Piper

Professional writer. Amateur historian. Husband, father, Christian.