On This Day 10 Years Ago…

Does anyone remember the “Balloon Boy” from ten years ago? That’s right, TEN years ago!

Colorado, October 15th 2009, Richard and Mayumi Heene made a false report that their son was stuck in a flying saucer balloon that flew away into the sky. Their son, Falcon, was six years old at the time. This news made it around the nation very quickly before being discovered to be a hoax. The world was worried about Falcon’s safety.

The National Guard deployed helicopters to chase after this balloon that supposedly carried the six year old. The balloon eventually landed approximately twelve hours from Denver’s International Airport. After the balloon was recovered, Falcon was not found it it. It had been reported that an object had fallen from the balloon somewhere during it’s travels. The search had begun to recover Falcon.

Later in the day on October 15th, 2009. The same day the reports began it had been discovered that Falcon was in fact in the attic of the family home. Falcon blew his parents in when he said “you guys said that, um, we did this for the show.” The following day it had been officially confirmed that the entire incident had been a hoax.

A month following the hoax Richard Heene, Falcon’s father, plead guilty to attempting to influence a public servant. He completed 90 days in jail as well as 100 hours of community services. Falcon’s mom, Mayumi was sentenced to twenty days of weekend jail. The couple also had to pay $36,000 in restoration for the resources called in to save Falcon.

What a crazy time! Does anyone remember this? I know for a fact I remember. I was twelve when the event happened but I remember my parents talking about it.

 

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