‘UP!’ in real life: 6-year-old boy floating away in balloon!

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?

51 comments Add your comment

Rick Berry

October 15th, 2009
3:22 pm

Where are the Golden Knights when you need the / the Military Parachute team.

Rick Berry

October 15th, 2009
3:23 pm

Where are the Golden Knight Parachute Team, bet they could get him down.

Ant

October 15th, 2009
3:24 pm

I would throw a net over it with weights on the corners,

Tiffany

October 15th, 2009
3:24 pm

Oh my gosh! I just read that…I pray that someone can get to the little boy in time to save him. I can’t imagine what his parents are going through.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 15th, 2009
3:26 pm

I just heard that his school was out for today and that’s why he was at home.

JATL

October 15th, 2009
3:33 pm

This is truly horrible and it sounds like it may have a very unhappy ending. I’m sincerely hoping that a miracle happens for this family and little boy, but the authorities think he may have already fallen out and if it falls to earth, the flimsy plywood bottom can’t withstand a crash. What a horrible story.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 15th, 2009
3:36 pm

I haven’t heard that he may have already fallen out!! that would be awful!!!!! I can’t even imagine — this it totally something Walshie would do —- he jumped into our neighbor’s backyard pool a few weeks ago completely clothed!! can’t imagine what he was thinking –

shaggy

October 15th, 2009
3:36 pm

What a cool ride for a 6 year old. The front range of the Rockies all to yourself.
I just hope he gets down safe, so he can tell this one to his grandkids someday.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 15th, 2009
3:38 pm

They got the balloon down!!!! hopefully he’ll be safe inside!!

marty

October 15th, 2009
3:39 pm

Seven degrees farenheit. If the video is any indication of how fast the balloon is traveling, that wind chill could be far below zero. They need to consider slowing it down first using the same principle as mid-air refueling and then tow it to the ground in a hurry.

HAHA

October 15th, 2009
3:42 pm

I said from the first minute there was no boy in the balloon I WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 15th, 2009
3:44 pm

CNN reports the boy is not in the balloon — So where is he?? A sibling said they saw him in it?? so did he fall out?? how high??? could the sib have been wrong??

Sheri

October 15th, 2009
3:45 pm

Oh just HOLY blankity blank….. I think I quit breathing while reading the full article on cnn. Other than that… I would be beyond freaking out, I would already be admitted to the crazy ward, they can let me out after everything is fine…. and I think the net with anchors is a great idea, where’s our air force, let’s get this boy down and hope he hasn’t fallen out of it!!!

Sheri

October 15th, 2009
3:48 pm

OK, so now I just read the update, we need more details of this…. Where are his parents??

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 15th, 2009
3:49 pm

they just showed a photo of them on CNN — the participated in the Wife Swap show on ABC

Lee

October 15th, 2009
3:50 pm

I’ve only got one thing to say. “Flight of the Navigator”

Anna

October 15th, 2009
3:58 pm

whoa!!
scary!!

Tiffany

October 15th, 2009
4:00 pm

The balloon landed in a field but the little boy was not inside…they don’t know if he fell out or what…

lena

October 15th, 2009
4:21 pm

my husband thinks that aliens took him away

jmc

October 15th, 2009
4:23 pm

If you go to the wife swap website, season 5, you can get a picture of the family under Heene/Silver. The kids dad is a nut from what I’ve read.

lena

October 15th, 2009
4:28 pm

He probably fell out. They said that there is a box missing off the bottom. I hope they find him.

jct

October 15th, 2009
4:34 pm

I hope he is hiding in house thinking he is in trouble for letting the balloon loose. I feel so bad for these parents right now.

Francisco

October 15th, 2009
4:44 pm

I’ve been following the story for the past hour…

There is no boy inside the balloon. His name is Falcon Heene btw I think…

they havent found him yet either…Just an odd story altogether.

Apennismightier

October 15th, 2009
4:46 pm

Call Superman?

Terra

October 15th, 2009
4:49 pm

I hope that the boy wasn’t really in it! But that he accidentally caused it to float off, and is terrified that he will be in ‘big’ trouble and is hiding somewhere and will be found soon! Safe and sound! I hope for his sake, and the sake of the parents he is found soon! How terrifying!

ats

October 15th, 2009
5:02 pm

How sick are you? How can you make light of this situation? There’s a possibility this boy fell out of the balloon and is dead, and you’re comparing the situation to a Pixar film?! I’m ashamed for you.

Jesse's Girl

October 15th, 2009
5:06 pm

I truly am praying for this boy….my son is 6. I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around this.

Shananeeeeee Fananeeeeeee

October 15th, 2009
5:38 pm

Anita Dunn, the woman who says Fox News is bad and works for Obama says her two favorite philosophers are Mao Te Tung and Mother Theresa. So Fox is bad but Mao is okay? This is a man who caused 70 million deaths but Fox is the bad guy. Mao Te Tung? What a joke , these people in the Obama White House are a disgrace.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 15th, 2009
6:05 pm

Dear Ats — When we posted more than three hours ago they thought the boy was inside. I’m not trying to make light of it. I do wonder if he was thinking about that.

We are seeing on TV that they are searching the ground for him now. I’m praying he’s OK. I have a 6 year old too — nothing light about it.

catlady

October 15th, 2009
6:24 pm

Since the boy has been found safe, perhaps attention should turn to the continued attention-seeking by the parents. Perhaps part of the consequences is that they would pay for the emergency search squads as well as the diverted planes. Might be a learning experience….

Jesse's Girl

October 15th, 2009
6:26 pm

Ok…huge blessing he has been found safe and sound. Now…an admittedly totally unrelated question….does anyone else think it is more than a little creepy that Tom Joyner and Bob Barr look as if they were separated at birth?!

catlady

October 15th, 2009
6:39 pm

What is the law about “attractive nuisance?”

FCM

October 15th, 2009
7:15 pm

Theresa, it wasn’t a light headline.

My personal thought (besides for his safety) when I thought he was in the air was 2 fold: Can you imagine the view and the ride? (Again, provided your safe) If it were my child (and they were on it and got safely back to ground) they better have enjoyed it because they were going to be grounded a long long time.

attractive nuisance: “Under the attractive nuisance doctrine of the law of torts, a landowner may be held liable for injuries to children trespassing on the land if the injury is caused by a hazardous object or condition on the land that is likely to attract children who are unable to appreciate the risk posed by the object or condition. The doctrine has been applied to hold landowners liable for injuries caused by abandoned cars, piles of lumber or sand, trampolines, and swimming pools. However, it can be applied to virtually anything on the property of the landowner. Under the old common law, the plaintiff (either the child, or a parent suing on the child’s behalf) had to show that it was the hazardous condition itself which lured the child onto the landowner’s property. However, most jurisdictions have statutorily altered this condition, and now require only that the injury was foreseeable” The child is not injured therefore the attractive nuisance law does not apply. OR as my law prof used to say “The attractive nuisance is not the blonde next door.”

The National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) has this position to the fees:

To eliminate the fear of being unable to pay for having one’s life saved, SAR services should be rendered to persons in danger or distress without subsequent cost-recovery from the person(s) assisted unless prior arrangements have been made. The mission of SAR organizations is to save lives, not just the lives of those who can afford to pay the bill. As such, methods and means should be developed and used that diffuse the cost of humanitarian SAR operations among the many, allowing ­anyone to reasonably expect emergency aid without regard to their circumstances.

From all appearances, until the balloon was on the ground EVERYONE (family, media, and SAR) were working from a position that the boy was in the balloon.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 15th, 2009
7:48 pm

Thank goodness the boy was found. So now the question: Was he hiding because he thought he was in trouble or something else????? Let’s hope he was just scared because he let it go and then hid — It will be interesting as more unfolds!! But thank goodness he wasn’t in the balloon and is unharmed!! I am very glad about that!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 15th, 2009
7:50 pm

here’s the latest AP update on the story — – father says not a publicity stunt

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ie0×4tv2tFVwxzfVpFiJG47OvbgwD9BBQSL81

Jo Yo Yo

October 15th, 2009
8:38 pm

This family is a disgrace. They would get along great with Obammy and family.

Vork

October 16th, 2009
7:13 am

It was all a publicity stunt. This family has been on the show, “Wife Swap” twice before. The kids even says in the interview on CNN when asked why he did it, he replies, “I did it for the show.”

So Theresa you’ll put in yet another asinine topic that makes headlines and takes place in Denver but you don’t have any topic about the cross-dressing teen that grabs headlines and takes place HERE. Way to not be controversial EVER.

Vork

October 16th, 2009
7:15 am

And I don’t care what the father says about it not being a publicity stunt. That man is dumber than a bag of hammers. I believe what the kid says. Remember, “He did it for the show.”

Vork

October 16th, 2009
7:16 am

Since you’ll want proof:

“Balloon Boy” Falcon Heene accidentally admits “We did it for the show” on Larry King.

Here’s the link: http://www.fark.com/cgi/vidplayer.pl?IDLink=4703592

shaggy

October 16th, 2009
7:17 am

It was obvious from the early video that the balloon was not big enough to lift a 6 year old boy or even a small dog.
That wee little observation seemed to have been as mysteriously missing as was the kid. The story moved right to speculation that the kid swan dived from…aaaaiiiiiiieeeeeeee!!! POSSIBLY 10000 FEET or WAS FROZEN LIKE A TV DINNER in the cold clouds. I use capital letters, because that was how all of the talking news heads were sensationalizing the “events”. You, the dumb ones that didn’t pay attention in science class, bought it hook, line, and sinker, because the talking news heads said so.
Sadly, that is how this country operates these days, without logical or educated thought…just believe what you hear or want to hear.

Vork

October 16th, 2009
7:19 am

Plus anybody who names their kid “Falcon” should be locked up and/or shot.

shaggy

October 16th, 2009
7:25 am

My kid’s name is “Enos”. He gets kidded in school, and I can’t figure out why.

Photius

October 16th, 2009
8:06 am

Parents give their kids stupid, goofy names are wierd: “FALCON”??? Gimme a break mom and dad…

Kathy

October 16th, 2009
8:27 am

Wolf Blitzer (subbing for Larry King) dedicated an ENTIRE HOUR to these crazies!!!! I flipped to it during the commercials while watching Grey’s Anatomy. I kept waiting for him to move on to another topic. My eyeballs almost fell out of my head when the kid said they did it for the show. That dad sure did quite a tap dance to get around that comment. These people got EXACTLY what they wanted…..media attention……WAY too much of it.

Becky

October 16th, 2009
8:29 am

shaggy and Vork..Both of you are right on the mark..As someone in the Vent said, does the news media ever watch Mythbusters?

JJ

October 16th, 2009
8:53 am

This is the best we can do for a Friday topic?

YAWN…….

Actually...

October 16th, 2009
8:55 am

it was a Thursday topic!!!!!

DB

October 16th, 2009
8:57 am

I’ve watched one or two episodes of “Wife Swap” — admittedly, with the same fascination as one would give to a train wreck. I hadn’t seen the segment with the Heenes. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around why anyone would subject themselves or their family to such nonsense.

woe

October 16th, 2009
5:53 pm

Hey! i know what happened the kid lifted the balloon in the air… and his family planned it all. then they told him… “Stay in the attic and don’t move. If people call you ignore them!

woe

October 16th, 2009
5:54 pm

OH AND IF SOMEONE NAMES THEIR KID FALCON DO NOT SHOOT THEM!!!