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Balloon Boy

Found Alive

... at Home

10/15/2009 7:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The kid who everyone thought was flying through the air in a homemade balloon was finally found -- hiding in a cardboard box in the attic of his home.

Balloon kid
Officials say Falcon Heene's parents were "hysterical" during the search -- but turns out he was just hiding the entire time.

Cops also tell TMZ they won't charge the Heene's for the manpower it took to chase their crazy UFO balloon that didn't have a kid stuck inside.

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31.

Jennifer    

This is what the parents get for not establishing rules!! When you let the kids do what they want- dont be upset when it scares the crap out of you!!!

1837 days ago
32.

blahblahblah    

Spank that ass! It's going to be quite a bill they get for the rescue effort too! He'll be cutting lots of grass to pay that off won't he?

1837 days ago
33.

gg    

These boys are young, where were the parents? I hope child protective services becomes involved and the parents should be made to pay all costs associated with the search.

1837 days ago
34.

rhbjorn    

And now everyone has pancakes.

1837 days ago
35.

Shawn    

Does TMZ have spies in every couner of the country?! I came to TMZ first no story, then to AOL which is still reporting him missing.. I close my browser go to TMZ again and he's found!!!

1837 days ago
36.

Chrissy    

Like i said!!! Kids need to be spanked! Where's the Belt!!!!

1837 days ago
37.

Bobo Frog    

The kid was found holding a $10,000 check from Fox News.

1837 days ago
38.

janalal4    

I smell 'publicity stunt'!! This nutter dad is trying to get his own show. I think it was BS from the start. Glad the little boy is okay but don't think there was ever any need for concern from the start. Make the parents pay for the rescue!

1837 days ago
39.

pollynoo    

Deliverance.

1837 days ago
40.

shooter12    

Wow...I know the parents are overjoyed...and just waiting til the media leaves to blister his little ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1837 days ago
41.

mrez golucky    

Yikes! Who's going to pay for all the cost of the search?



1837 days ago
42.

J    

PUBLICITY STUNT... THAT BALLOON WOULD NOT SUPPORT THE KIDS WEIGHT. PARENTS ARE HOPING FOR A "FANTASTIC" STORY TO GAIN FAME / MONEY... WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE CHILD BY REPORTERS THE MOM SAID, "YOU KNOW MORE THAN I DO." WHY WOULDN'T YOU BE HELPFUL AND ADD VALUE TO THE KNOWLEDGE GATHERING. THIS IS SUCH A DESPERATE PLOY... IF MY SON WAS MISSING I COULD CLEAR MY HOUSE IN 60 SECONDS. AND YES I WOULD LOOK IN ALL BOXES. THEN I WOULD HAVE ALERTED RESCUE PEOPLE NOT TO RISK THEIR SAFETY FOR MY POOR JOKE...

1837 days ago
43.

LST    

Well I am glad the kid's ok.
But could the huge Hollywood production have been avoided?

1837 days ago
44.

iSad    

L0L! Sneaky little bastard. Someone is getting their ass beat tonight. I know those parents are pissed and embarassed

1837 days ago
45.

Patrick M.    

Looks like this story was "blown out of proportions sky high"

1837 days ago
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