Balloon Boy: 'I Thought I Would Get In Trouble'

Falcon Heene took off for the attic after dad yelled at him earlier
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2009 8:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Colorado 6-year-old we all thought we were watching in that balloon today was hiding in the family attic after his dad yelled at him for getting in a box of batteries. “He scared me, and he yelled at me,” Falcon Heene told a jammed news conference. “That’s why I went into the attic because I thought I would get in trouble.”

“I am really sorry I yelled at him,” said Richard Heene, whose experimental craft was intended to lift commuters over traffic, “but we got him back. This is a relief. We are going to watch him a lot closer.”