I just spent over an hour watching this live on Fox news. The boys brother reported he saw the 6 year old get into the balloon and the balloon take off. The balloon was being tracked by local news helicopters after being contacted by the family when the boy and balloon went missing.
The balloon is now down and the boy still hasn’t been found. Someone reported seeing something fall out of the balloon but the area where that was reported has been searched to no avail.
Let’s pray the boy is found safe.
A homemade balloon slowly descended in a Colorado field Thursday, but the fate of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside was not known, authorities said.
The bizarre scene played out live on television and prompted fears that the flying saucer-shaped balloon would crash with the young child inside.
The child was identified as Falcon Heene, the son of a Colorado weather-chaser. The boy and his family appeared on the 100th episode of the ABC series “Wife Swap.”
Larimer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Eloise Campanella said the device had the potential to rise to 10,000 feet. Sheriff’s officials last saw the device floating south of Milliken, which is about 40 miles north of Denver. The craft was reportedly traveling at about 25 miles per hour.
The FAA cleared airspace near Denver International Airport.
“We were sitting eating, out looking where they normally shoot off hot air balloons. My husband said he saw something. It went over our rooftop. Then we saw the big round balloonish thing, it was spinning,” said neighbor Lisa Eklund.