Thursday afternoon, the country was put on hold as we watched the boy in the balloon story unfold. CNN, Fox News, along with all the other channels were fixed on what was thought to be, a boy in a balloon. Six year old, Falcon Heene was last seen by his brother climbing into his father’s weather balloon before it floated away on Thursday. The Colorado balloon boy story started from this point. When Falcon Heene’s sibling told his father that his brother was in the run away balloon, the search was started.
The father called the FAA before anyone else with some fast thinking about getting aircraft out there to find the run away balloon. For over an hour a helicopter kept up with this weather balloon which was thought to have Falcon Heene inside. “Balloon Boy”, “Boy in the Balloon”, “Boy in Runaway Balloon”, was just a few of the news flashes rolling across the TV screen all afternoon. We sat on the edge of our chairs as real reality TV allowed us to follow this runaway balloon every second in real time.
We watched as this “balloon boy’s” runaway balloon went along at a good clip at a reported 7,000 feet, cringing for the little boy supposedly inside. After about an hour the runaway balloon started its slow decent, barely missing power lines and slid into a field. A man on the ground rushed to the runaway balloon and grabbed its rope to keep it from blowing away again.
The rescue workers on the ground popped the runaway balloon with instruments that looked like shovels. Before any announcement, you knew there was no “balloon boy” in this runaway balloon due to their lack of urgency. It was then we were told six year old Falcon Heene was not inside.
Almost immediately reports came in from people in the path of the runaway balloon reported seeing something falling out of the balloon as it went over their location. One of these reports came from a Deputy Sheriff. Our hearts sank once again with the thought of Falcon Heene falling out of the runaway balloon somewhere over Colorado.
Back at the home of Falcon Heene, and where the runaway balloon originated from, police questioned the Heene brother who reported that Falcon had climbed aboard the runaway balloon. The brother never veered from his original story.
It has been reported that Falcon Heene was found hiding in a box in the attic of the garage, which is where he was hiding. His mother reports that she was sitting on the couch and Falcon came to her.
The family has been on the reality TV show “Wife Swap” and they are very active storm chasers. Immediately the questions start to fly about the authenticity of the “balloon boy adventure”. When the father of Falcon Heene was asked this question he got upset and asked, “How can you ask such a question after the horrendous ordeal we have just been through here?”
The police have already stated that the family would not be charged with the runaway balloon search and rescue cost. They also said they believe this was not a publicity stunt, but would be doing an investigation.