Runaway Balloon Gives Crowd a Major Shock

One festival-goer says the balloon 'ran over' his mother
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2019 1:07 PM CDT

Yikes! A crowd of hot-air-balloon lovers got quite the surprise Saturday when a balloon plowed right into them, CNN reports. Attendees at the Missouri balloon festival scrambled as the basket crashed through a tree and skirted the ground while trying to land. One girl suffered a minor injury and a festival-goer tells KHQA the basket "ran over" his mother, who took a cut to the finger. Organizers of the Hannibal Bicentennial Celebration say the pilot was an "experienced balloonist" and other events continued as planned, per Fox News. A festival website says the Saturday evening "balloon glow" event gave people the chance to ride in tethered balloons. See videos of the crash here and here. (Read more hot air balloon stories.)

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