Hot Air Balloon Crash Caught on Tape

By: WFXT / NNS / CBS Newspath
By: WFXT / NNS / CBS Newspath

The investigation continued Sunday (7/20) into what caused a hot air balloon to strike power lines and crash in Clinton, Massachusetts, on Saturday night (7/19).

The balloon crashed around 7:40 p.m. after it struck some power lines and caused outages in nearby neighborhoods.

According to one witness, before the balloon hit the power lines, people had gathered to watch the balloon, waving at the occupants inside and smiling.

Then, the balloon tried to ascend over the power lines, but instead it hit the lines and caught fire.

At least five of the six people on board suffered burns of various degrees. On Sunday, police were still guarding the balloon basket as it sat in the Clinton yard on which it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

The balloon, named Raspberry Ripple has had trouble in the past. In 2012, the balloon got stuck in a tree in Northboro. Nobody was hurt. In 2010, it landed on the front lawn of a home in Shrewsbury. Nobody was hurt in that incident either.

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