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PICTURE: Space capsule found along Arizona freeway?

Posted at 9:54 AM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 20:18:50-05

...what is this?

Aliens? Secret government mission? 

A viewer at KGUN9 sister station KNXV reached out early Monday morning to say they found a space capsule-like item sitting in a field near eastbound Interstate 10 at milepost 190 just outside of Casa Grande, Arizona.

They said there was a parachute attached to the large silver object. Written on its side were the words "United States" and "Capt. J. Millard" along with an American flag. 

So the question is, what is it? And why was it placed in dirt along the freeway? 

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said they were called out around 7:30 a.m. to reports of an object that appeared to have fallen out of the sky; so, troopers went out to the field to investigate. 

Did they find aliens? No. Did they uncover a secret government operation? Nope. 

They said someone most likely placed the space capsule-like object, which was made out of a cement truck drum, in the field and attached a parachute to it. 

DPS doesn't know who the artists or prankster is...

...aliens?