Hot air balloon landing surprises neighbors

GLASSBORO, N.J. - October 11, 2009 When he looked out his window he saw a hot air balloon very low. He went outside of his home and drove around. He found that the hot air balloon had to make an emergency landing in someone's backyard.

It then took off just clearing the homes and had to land again in the middle of a nearby street. After that, the pilot was able to get control of the balloon and take back off.

Action News spoke to the balloon's owner Harry G. Collison. According to Collison, when it comes to balloons, the wind has control of where you land. This morning he took off from Sewell Street in Glassboro and landed safely in the yard behind a house and then in the street.

Collison said there was nothing wrong with the balloon and nobody was in danger at any point in the flight. The neighborhood was having a great time with their unannounced visitor. Some even told Collison that they wanted to take a ride.

Collison has been flying Hot Air Balloons in Gloucester County for 16 years.

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