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Balloon Landing Turns Crop to Crap

10/17/2009 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The infamously boy-less balloon caused even more trouble than we thought on Thursday -- because its landing also wreaked havoc on a valuable wheat crop desperately needed by a local family.



TMZ spoke with Doug and Joanna Abbott who told us their 300-acre wheat crop was destroyed mostly by emergency vehicles racing across their field to chase the balloon -- which also caused its fair share of damage.

The couple tells TMZ: "It does make you wonder what kind of attention the family was after by using this little boy."

Sadly, we're told the field only produces a crop of wheat once every two years, which means the couple will have to wait two more years to see the full fruit of their labors ... all because of some giant empty publicity stunt balloon.

We asked if the couple would be considering their legal options -- but they wouldn't say.

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Jabarten    

Don't worry, it was all subsidized anyways.....

1801 days ago
2.

Me!    

I wish these landowners good luck.
Stunt or accident (stunt!), these folks should be re-payed by the family for this damage.
Seriously.

If this guy even THINKS this government would okay such a traveling device, let HIM be the first one to fly off into the wild blue yonder.

We'll tape THAT for sure!

1801 days ago
3.

Simone - number 1    

Fourth!!!!!!!!!!!!

1801 days ago
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Lysette    

The real victims are where that stupid piece of jiffy pop landed. I really hope there is some recourse against that crazy father.

1801 days ago
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c300e517    

I hope they sue the ass off those publicity seeking whores.

1801 days ago
6.

Twinker    

Even after they sift through all the facts, this will still go against the grain.

1801 days ago
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kelly    

i watched these morons on wifeswap.. they ought to run that tape for child services and let them see what kind of whack jobs these ppl really are. constant screaming treating his wife like a slave. making the kids go to bed dressed for the next day.. i mean come on 1st jon and kate plus a litter now a psycho willard scott wannabe. GET A GRIP

1801 days ago
8.

the sea    

Mr. and Mrs. Abbott, meet Harvey Levin

"he's a lawyer!"

1801 days ago
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scissors    

Ooooohhhhh! Ummbaa! Just when this was about to be swept under the rug. That poor little boy is going to have to live the rest of his life with this.

1801 days ago
10.

DOODAD    

Hope they have crop insurance...

1801 days ago
11.

CriticAl    

I would've already filed a lawsuit.

1801 days ago
12.

heather    

uhh ya i smell a lawsuit!!!
i sue them stupid ass ppl....

jus for publicity....and making the kid get sick and act like that on tv...
shame on u!!!!

1801 days ago
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Cat MacKinnon    

i think the balloon boy's parents were doing this as a publicity stunt, however...i live in Colorado and i'm familiar with the farms we've got here. there's no way that these peoples' farm was "mostly destroyed" by emergency vehicles. even just by watching the footage on TV, it was obvious that the emergency vehicles drove mostly on the dirt roads until they got near the landing site. i hate to say it (because i've got a lot of sympathy for our local farmers), but i think these people are just trying to make a quick buck.

Colorado has a lot of things going for it...apparently honest people isn't one of those things, though.

1801 days ago
14.

John    

This family is wack, saw them on ''Wife Swap''. Scary, especially his wife, eeeek. ANYWHO, I called them today after watching the news to tell them how retarded I thought they were, and, they answered. It was awesome. He actually talked to me, Richard Henne, crazy. He kept asking me if I was from ''Discovery Productions'', lol. Here is the number.....

Richard Heene
5434 Fossil Ridge Dr W
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 204-0482

1801 days ago
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Your name:    

I remember thinking to myself while watching this how they were really messing up that nicely plowed field.

1801 days ago
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