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October 15, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Balloon lands; boy not found

Posted: 03:50 PM ET

(CNN) - A runaway balloon has touched down in Colorado after a 6-year-old boy untied it from his family home in Fort Collins. 

The dome-shaped balloon is 20 feet long and 5 feet high, Larimer County Sheriff's Office says.

The dome-shaped balloon is 20 feet long and 5 feet high, Larimer County Sheriff's Office says.

The boy was not inside the helium aircraft when it landed, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.

A sibling saw the boy get into the craft Thursday morning. Officials were concerned that the boy may have fallen out of it, an undersheriff said.

Margie Martinez of the Weld County Sheriff's Office said a sibling saw Falcon Heene climb into the basket before the balloon took off from his parents' Fort Collins, Colorado home.

Since the door on the balloon was unlocked, it's possible the boy had fallen out, Martinez said.

The balloon appeared to be a saucer-shaped, Mylar-coated helium balloon, similar to a party balloon. The craft was drifting eastward, authorities said.

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still me just a new name   October 15th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

I just saw the balloon and it seem it is completely sealed. How was the boy suppose to climb into the balloon? Wouldn't the father have know that it was still sealed and no way for the child to crawl in or if the seal was broken would it be able to hold the hillium? I just the boy is ok.


jacqueline from holland   October 15th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

i hope not that he has fallen out i pray and hope that he will be save soon
so his parent can put their arms around him


Samantha - South Africa   October 15th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

I really hope that the kid is found safe & sound.


tonya   October 15th, 2009 4:35 pm ET

he is totally hiding and in deeeep trouble. I bet he untethered the balloon by accident (touching something he should not have) and is hiding somewhere....big time trouble 🙂


Luda   October 15th, 2009 4:43 pm ET

Poor sweet child, I can imagine his fear...
It's so terrible... I pray they find him safe & sound.


still me just a new name   October 15th, 2009 5:37 pm ET

Well it seems there was a box attached to the balloon and it is missing now.


Susan, Vancouver, B.C.   October 15th, 2009 6:14 pm ET

What great news! I know some boys who are big trouble tonight!


devon   October 15th, 2009 8:51 pm ET

Interesting that the parents didn't inform anyone at the beginning of this travesty about the "missing" basket/box. They knew the entire time that the kid was not on the balloon. What a joke.


ana maria   October 15th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

We will nned to pay for all the police search, an helicopter?
Good. Colorado need that.. Be hpapy Colorado, for have Parents so opeeneennnnnnnn.


Diana   October 15th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Hi Wolf,
Little Falcon replied to your question earlier that he stayed in the attic because he was told to because they were doing it "for a show"...please ask the boy what he meant by that! Thanks.


fun   October 15th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Hey Wolf can you ask them to ask what Falcon meant by "doing it for a show" We all want to know...this from the mouths of babes!!


ana maria   October 15th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

This will be send to the press all over Colorado. WE can not let our money be spend in stants, A family has to be allways with their eyes open, kids are kids. it is our duty to look then. How about the kids that are lost for real. ..... Where Colorado are we?


bobby   October 15th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

THE FAMILY WAS ON WIFE SWAP!!!

watch the episode. the family should have to pay for all expenses that resulted from this


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