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Weather balloon falls on Angier yard

Posted March 26, 2009

— A National Weather Service balloon fell onto the yard of a Ridge Road home, southeast of Angier, Thursday morning, Johnston County emergency dispatch officials said.

Tammy Ellis, who lives at the house, said the orange balloon resembled a parachute. A note on the end of a string asked anyone who found the balloon to call the local fire department, she said.

Officials said that no one was injured.


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  • matttheframer Mar 26, 2009


  • yozangwu Mar 26, 2009

    Why should'nt the fire department be called? I mean their handbook even outlines what to do in case of an Alien attack under the Fire Department Maunual chapter 13.

    They are trained for EVERYTHING! :)

  • smitty Mar 26, 2009

    What's worse? Complaining about the story or complaining about the complainers?

  • MyNameIsMud Mar 26, 2009

    "So why call the Fire Dept.What does that have to do with a weather balloon? Anyone know?"

    The one I found years ago was powered by chemical battery. Now I had enough sense not to eat that battery, but the kids we're bringing up today probably would.

  • give me no quarter Mar 26, 2009

    It's still intersting and at least it's not bad news.

  • jkca Mar 26, 2009

    OH NO!! Say it ain't so!

  • ghimmy51 Mar 26, 2009

    I can't believe something like this is reported. The balloon and instruments weigh what? 4 ounces? It's styrofoam! They're used by the thousands and always some down somewhere. Duh.

  • give me no quarter Mar 26, 2009

    My oldest kids found one about 20 years ago behind the house. It was a big deal back then for them. I had the newspaper guy come around and take a picture.

  • Commentor5 Mar 26, 2009

    PaulRevere "It's really space aliens because Will Smith used an orange parachute in "Independence Day"."

    Space aliens!!!!!!!! ARE WE BEING INVADED??? They must be coming back for me.....

  • PaulRevere Mar 26, 2009

    It's really space aliens because Will Smith used an orange parachute in "Independence Day".