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Balloon Boy

The balloon boy hoax occurred on October 15, 2009 in Fort Collins, Colorado, when Richard and Mayumi Heene allowed a gas balloon filled with helium to float away into the atmosphere, and then claimed that their six-year-old son Falcon was inside it. At the time, it was reported by the mass media that the boy was apparently traveling at altitudes reaching 7,000 feet (2,100 m) in a homemade balloon colored and shaped to resemble a silver flying saucer-type of UFO. The event attracted worldwide attention. Falcon was nicknamed "Balloon Boy" by some in the media. After more than an hour-long flight that covered more than 50 miles (80 km) across three counties, the balloon landed about 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Denver International Airport. Authorities closed down the Denver airport and sent several National Guard helicopters and local police in pursuit. After the balloon landed and the boy was found not to be inside, authorities began a manhunt of the entire area, raising fears that he had fallen from the balloon; it was reported that an object had detached from the balloon and fallen to the ground. Later that afternoon the boy was reported to have been hiding in his house's attic

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Balloon Dad -- The 'Welcome to Florida' Mug Shot

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Richard Heene Released from Prison ... Kinda

Richard Heene Released from Prison ... Kinda

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- 1714 days ago
Balloon Dad Floats into Jail

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- 1714 days ago
Balloon Dad -- Don't Worry About Dropping Soap

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- 1714 days ago
Heene Family -- Guilty of Bad Acting

Heene Family -- Guilty of Bad Acting

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- 1716 days ago
Balloon Dad's New Reality -- Jail

Balloon Dad's New Reality -- Jail

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