Police in Colorado now claim the Heene parents planned the incident of a runaway balloon that captured the attention of the media. Felony charges are expected.
It is very sad that a family would traumatize the local community and the nation with a stunt like this. Surely social services will now be working to determine if this family is detrimental to the emotional health of the Heene children.
The nation was relieved when Falcon Heene, a 6-year-old boy from Fort Collins, Colorado was found safe at home after fears he was possibly was up in the air alone in a “homemade flying saucer” according to the Denver Post. The device was also found; it is silver, has the shape of a mushroom, and is powered by helium. Its size is about “20 feet long and 5 feet wide” according to the NY Daily News.
CNN reports that “a sibling saw the boy climb into the basket before the balloon took off.” According to CNN, the device was moving East in the air at about 30 mph. The balloon has now landed.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was attempting to track the device, which is believed to have the capacity to fly up to 10,000 feet up in the air. There were also vehicles on the ground which are attempting to track the flight of the young boy alone in the air.
Falcon Heene is believed to have entered the hot air balloon type device on his own. Then he untied the safety tether holding the device to the ground. The boy was then lifted into the air in the device. The boy’s father is the creator of this device.
While the search for the balloon was ongoing, the Denver Post reported that a request has been made to “the pilot of 9News helicopter to relay the position and altitude of the balloon to the FAA…at Denver International Airport.”
Falcon Heene is now known to be safe at home. He was hiding in the attic of the family home. The media was following this TV news event in a way rarely seen since the race of the white Bronco on a LA highway with OJ Simpson in it.
The boy’s family must have been frantic while Falcon was missing. The nation was praying for this young man’s safety. He must be very frightened at the outcry over his adventure of releasing the air-borne device.
This is another example of how crucial it is to closely monitor young children. Their curiosity is immense and they too often get themselves into life threatening predicaments.
There will also be much debate about the safety of private citizens developing air-borne devices. It is of interest if this air-borne device is interfering with the flight plans of local small planes and commercial flights.