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Young Boy

Trapped

in Homemade Aircraft

10/15/2009 3:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: Police are reportedly looking for a box that was attached to the bottom of the balloon -- a box Falcon's brother says he saw him go into before it took off.

UPDATE:
Police are currently conducting a ground search for the boy.

Balloon landing: Click to watch
UPDATE: We just heard on a police scanner that the boy is not inside the balloon. The balloon was in the air for over two hours -- no one knows where the boy is. Cops say they checked the house, and an area where people reported seeing something fall out of the balloon ... nada.

UPDATE: The balloon landed around 40 miles from where it started. It landed well.

A 6-year-old boy somehow climbed inside a homemade, helium-powered aircraft in Ft. Collins, Colorado -- and now the craft is careening out of control with the boy stuck inside.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says the 6-year-old boy's family was building an experimental aircraft which had a large helium balloon attached to it at their home on Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Collins, this according KDVR in Denver.

The family told officials the boy got onto the aircraft and was able to untie the rope that held the aircraft in place. The device -- which is 20 feet long -- has the potential to rise to 10,000 feet.

The Larimer County Emergency Manager says, "The structure at the bottom of the craft (where the boy is stuck) is made of extremely thin plywood and won't withstand any kind of crash at all."

Story developing...

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1.

linds    

scary :(

1842 days ago
2.

yup    

UP!

1842 days ago
3.

jen    

how does anyone know a boy is in there?? also, how the hell did he climb in there?? where were his parents or whoever was watching him!?!? thats insane!!!

1842 days ago
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Pdbmh    

I'm usually a junkie for breaking news, but this is sickeningly horrifying. I can't watch.

1842 days ago
5.

anonymous    

omg that poor kid.

1842 days ago
6.

TweakyDeaky    

First! Did someone order some old style stove top pop jiffy popcorn??????????

1842 days ago
7.

John    

Poor Kid. His parents should be arrested!

1842 days ago
8.

AJ    

Why don't they get Jon Gosselin to help... he knows all about hot air.

1842 days ago
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Andrew    

You are sick jimmy, what if this happenned to your child or something. They need to get some Air Force Paratroopers up there now.

1842 days ago
10.

Neil    

Worst camera work ever...

1842 days ago
11.

Chrissy    

Thats why kids need spankings!!! If he was being diciplined he woulnt have dared. I hope he makes it out fine and learns a huge lesson. When i was a kid i wouldnt have dared to have tried anything crazy.

1842 days ago
12.

eloc    

No joke - this is not good.

1842 days ago
13.

kristen    

so scary? and the million dollar question where were the parents?

1842 days ago
14.

Jake    

Poor little boy HOWEVER how is this Celebrity News tmz? This is news, slow day??? This is false advertising, I'm going to sue you Harvey.

1842 days ago
15.

Not a BLinK FaN    

Can you survive breathing helium?

1842 days ago
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