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Tense Moments on the Ground for Hot Air Balloon Spectators

August 25, 2009 6:01 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

Sundance RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon

A hot air balloon supposedly came dangerously close to making contact with a communications tower near the floodway gates south of Winnipeg on Sunday night. A ChrisD.ca reader who was in the area said the balloon came “within metres” of touching the tower before steering away. The report notes the photo you see above is after it started moving away.

The balloon — which is operated by Sundance Balloons — would have not been experiencing any challenging weather, as the wind speed during its time of flight was only 7 km/h. Barry McGonigle of Sundance confirmed to us that there were “no problems or issues” Sunday evening.

It’s unclear why the balloon reportedly came so close to the structure in the first place.

Submitted photo

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