Filed under crazy and terrible, a 6-year-old boy is floating 7,500 feet over Colorado in an experimental balloon he was working on with his father at home.
He apparently went into the hot air balloon and somehow the thing has managed to float away with him inside of it! (Did the little guy see “UP!” and thought he could do it for real or was it just total accident?)
I’m trying to get the video to embed so you guys can watch it! Here’s the link to the CNN coverage. (Look up in the right-hand corner for the video.)
CNN’s weather guy said the temperature at 7,500 feet would be about 7 degrees Farhenheit.
Here’s two versions of the story. The first one is from the local Denver TV station
The second is from The Associated Press.
Here are some quotes from The Denver Channel.com:
“The balloon, in the shape of a flying saucer is covered in foil and filled with helium. It has a compartment for a passenger underneath. It lifted the boy into the air near Fort Collins Thursday morning after the balloon became untethered at the boy’s home.”
“Airtracker 7 located the craft at 12:35 p.m. at about 8,000 feet in Weld County. It appeared to be slightly tilted. The altitude of the balloon was fluctuating between 7,500 and 8,500 feet.”
” ‘The structure at the bottom of the balloon that the boy is in is made of extremely thin plywood and won’t withstand any kind of a crash at all,’ said Erik Nilsson, Larimer County Emergency Manager.”
Holy moly! What would you do if you were the parents? How will they rescue this little boy? Should you have experimental hot air balloons tethered at your house?