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16 Killed in Texas Hot Air Balloon Crash

The balloon caught fire and crashed into a Texas pasture
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2016 11:06 AM CDT
Police cars block access to the site where a hot air balloon crashed early Saturday in Texas.   (AP Photo/James Vertuno)

(Newser) – A hot air balloon has crashed in Texas, killing all 16 people aboard, NBC News reports. According to the ABC News, a fire started in the basket of the hot air balloon before the balloon crashed into a pasture near Lockhart, Texas, on Saturday morning. The site of the crash appears to be underneath large, high-capacity power lines, the AP reports. Their possible role in the incident is unclear. Officials are continuing to investigate the crash. (Read more hot air balloon stories.)

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