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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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91.

YLG    

I wonder if anybody in real need of services died while police and emergency teams were on this wild goose chase.

1773 days ago
92.

i'd be proud too    

if any one saw the wife swap episode they were on you can see how and what these parents are teaching their children PRACTICALLY NOTHING responsible
i just heard on bbc world news he was found

ALL this drama for NOTHING

stupid stupid people those parents are

i'd rather read about the kid who drove his parents car instead of a bull story about these people

1772 days ago
93.

sheesh    

These people were on wifeswap and are absolutely crazy!

1772 days ago
94.

jrad247    

they should beat his ass & put a video of it up on youtube

1772 days ago
95.

carrie    

While I very relieved the boy is alive, I hope the family is billed for wasting tax payer money.

1772 days ago
96.

Googie    

Hmmm. Father's interview appeared to be a promotion for his balloon. He doesn't get emotional about finding his son until he's finished talking about his balloon.

1772 days ago
97.

a realist    

good one, Ashton!!

1772 days ago
98.

The Doc Is In    

This was a multi county, multi town effort.
It's getting pretty popular out here. Terrorists and kids in balloons.

1772 days ago
99.

Billy    

Never watching live TV again. Ever. Thank God he's okay!

1772 days ago
100.

caribbean_blu    

Entertainment Something is still reporting that the child is missing, and that a falling object in a picture of the "weather balloon" is believed to be the child.

TMZ should have their time slot.

1772 days ago
101.

Mark    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBWJXXgaYBo

View that video and you'll see what kind of nutjobs the kids parents are. If child services aren't already involved, they definitely should be now.

1772 days ago
102.

Catt Alex    

I find it very interesting that the father Richard has a MySpace page. He lists himself as SINGLE and he last signed on in June of this year. He talks about his adventures, etc., but no mention of his wife or children at all.

http://www.myspace.com/sciencedetective

1772 days ago
103.

yup    

Send the bill for this exercise straight to this dumb-ass family.

1772 days ago
104.

BaadBoy    

This is ridiculous. white people need to learn to control their children. Every news network doing second-by-second updates and this little goofball is at home all the while.

1772 days ago
105.

Ilene    

I think it's crap they are going to charge these people for their own kids stupidity! You know the older boys knew what was going on. I live in the county that the search was going on in and I as the tax payer don't want to have to fork over the cash for these people!!

1772 days ago
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