6-Year-Old Alone in Helium Balloon

October 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm by  

WASHINGTON – My ex-wife called me up and asked had I heard about this, but a 6-year-old boy named Falcon climbed into his father’s makeshift helium balloon that had been loosely tethered in their backyard. In what can only be an absolute nightmare for all involved, the damn thing became untethered. Now this poor kid is over Colorado at altitudes of up to 7,000 feet and drifting in winds approximately 20 miles an hour. They are unable to see inside the basket to see if the boy is ok or even still in the basket. But while I was typing this, it seems as if the balloon, after 2 hours in the air, finally reached the ground on its own and reports are that the boy is not in the basket.

The boy and his family were on an episode of Wife Swap back in March. It is being reported that a sibling saw the boy get into the craft before it took off. CNN is reporting that Falcon may have fallen out because the door on balloon was unlocked.

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Falcon Heene was not found in the balloon, and now officials believe that there is a possibility that Falcon could be hiding in the Fort Collins neighborhood, in fear of recriminations. “That’s good news and that’s bad news,” said Erik Nilsson, the Larimer County Emergency manager said in a telephone interview.

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