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Boyless Balloon Take-Off Vid -- Hoax?

10/16/2009 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Heene family has released video of their flying saucer "accidentally" taking flight -- before they allegedly thought six-year-old was inside.



Papa Richard Heene can be seen releasing the balloon and then screaming at his wife for not holding onto the tether. One of their other sons is working the camera. Falcon is MIA, presumably already in a box in the attic.

So ... real deal, or Part 1 of an elaborate set-up?

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o rly    

I trust Richard Heene, like I trust Simone.
They are despicable, lying people.

1743 days ago
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peanutbutterandhoney    

It is so obvious when he's having his little freak out that he's acting -- and badly. Really, does anyone act like that in real life?

1743 days ago
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SO FAKE    

SO SO SO FAKE.
IT WAS A TOTAL HOAX

1743 days ago
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Confused    

I don't care if this guy did 17 tours in the merchant marines, a parent should never, ever, ever, curse at their kid like that. Not cool.

1743 days ago
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Ingrid    

I believe this family (primarily the parents...the Father) are attention seekers. I thought I had seen them on TV before and I finally realize they were on of the families on ABC's Wife Swap (look it up for yourself)...TMS if you need a new researcher let me know ;0)

1743 days ago
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Dee    

This father claimed that he reprimanded his 6 year old for playing in the balloon, the day before this event. If true, wouldn't a responsible parent insure the whereabouts of all children, prior to releasing the balloon...even if it was supposed to remain tethered? This guy was obviously shaken and spewing out anything, after the kid revealed the truth, on Larry King. Clearly, this father was trying to either get attention with a stunt, or trying cover his butt, after releasing an object that could interfere with air traffic.

1743 days ago
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Bob Weadababyitsaboy    

Yeah, totally fake. If that is the video of the beggining of the balloon taking off and the child might have been in it at that point. Total BS. Theres no place for him to be hiding in it. Wasnt there talk of some basket that he might have been in? Where is it? Fake!

1743 days ago
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haskel420    

PUBLIC OPINION HAS SPOKEN ..

1743 days ago
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Karen    

Ingrid, you are not telling anyone anything we don't already know. (And the site is TMZ.) Glad for your offer to be a researcher. Jeesh. Seriously.

1743 days ago
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ender024    

ONLY PEOPLE WHO DONT THINK THIS IS FAKE ARE THE PARENTS

I BET THAT 9% IS THEM VOTING OVER AND OVER

1743 days ago
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Jennifer    

I thought that there was a basket that fell off while it was in flight...where is it in this "video"??!!!
Liars

1743 days ago
12.

fleiter    

Here's a theory. They were testing their balloon. It slipped away. Hence Dad being so upset. They don't have the resources to track down said balloon. Chasing a manned hot air balloon requires a chase car with radio contact between the driver and the pilot. They didn't have that. So they made up the story about their son so that the authorities would chase down the balloon for them. Now they are in deep Ca-Ca. The six year old knows what happened and that's why he barfs every time somebody asks him.

1743 days ago
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too sad    

octomom,
jon and kate ,
lindsay lohan and
this idiot family are attention seeking idiots .
just say no to them and their hype

1743 days ago
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TEXAS_AGGIES03    

Send the bill for all the responsders to the damn family and make them pay for the spectacle they created.

1743 days ago
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LongJohn69    

Send the whole darn family to Sheriff Joe Arpio's tent city prison.

1743 days ago
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