‘Balloon Boy’, a.k.a 6-year-old Falcon Heene, has been the hottest news story all day. But the ‘Balloon Boy’ was feared to be in a tragedy, since Falcon Heene wasn’t found for some time. Falcon Heene got called the ‘Balloon Boy’ after an experimental balloon that was supposed to be carrying him was found empty. The search for 6-year-old ‘Balloon Boy’ Falcon Heene had set the media on fire, and made many fear for the worse, while they found out that the Heene family is no stranger to television. But the Balloon Boy drama may have just come to an end.
According to MSNBC, 6-year-old ‘Balloon Boy’ Falcon Heene was found in his family’s attic, alive and well. He isn’t even the Balloon Boy anymore, since he was never in the balloon that the nation feared he was in all afternoon.
The Balloon Boy drama began this morning at Fort Collins, Denver, according to Channel 9 News in Colorado. A home made balloon broke away from its tether, and soon, news got out that 6-year-old Falcon Heene could have been inside the balloon. One of his siblings allegedly said that he saw Falcon climb inside before the balloon went into the air.
All afternoon, authorities and the media had been waiting for the balloon to go down, but when it finally landed, the ‘Balloon Boy’ was not inside. What’s more, there were reports that something may have fell from the balloon when it was over Larimer County. Speculation is that a box might have fell – with fears that Falcon Heene could have been in it.
According to The Press in New Zealand, the 6-year-old was hiding in the attic the whole time, afraid that he was in trouble after the balloon left. But even though he was never in danger, the search for him put his family back in the spotlight – a place the Heene family is already familiar with.
The Heene’s family appeared on ABC’s Wife Swap in the show’s fifth season. In fact, they are described as a “thrill-seeking family of stormchasers” according to TIME. The thrilling Hennes switched parents with a safety-conscious family – and the Heenes even posted a music video called “Not Pussified” around that time.
The family patriarch, Richard Heene, is already getting a lot of press for his experiments and dedication to science. In fact, ABC News reported that a former partner of Heene’s said he put his kids “in the line of fire” too much in his job. That claim was feared to be a prophecy, until the recent developments.
Although the Balloon Boy was never in danger, Falcon Heene set off a media firestorm and made his family, and cable viewers, fear for the worst. The aftermath and these new details should still consume the news cycle for at least the rest of the night.
MSNBC- “Boy found at home after runaway balloon chase” http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33330516/ns/us_news-life/
The Press- “Boy found alive” www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/2970309/Boy-found-alive
9NEWS.com- “Deputy thought he saw something fall, search ongoing” www.9news.com/news/article.aspx
TIME- “‘Balloon Boy’ Family Had TV Connection” tunedin.blogs.time.com/2009/10/15/balloon-boy-family-had-tv-connection/
ABC NEWS- “Richard Heene’s Former Business Partner Says Kids Were Put In Danger” abcnews.go.com/Health/AheadoftheCurve/richard-heenes-business-partner-kids-put-danger/story