Sunday, December 26, 2010

More exciting than a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer

Salt Lake Tribune December 25, 2010
Balloon carrying Santa blows away
by Nate Carlisle

This Santa Claus might want to stick to sleighs. A man in a Santa costume received a wild ride Friday when the hot air balloon carrying him blew across Midvale. The Santa and a pilot were supposed to land the balloon at Midvalley Elementary School as part of a fundraiser. But the balloon landed hard, and the pilot fell out of the basket, Midvale police Sgt. Torin Chambers said. With less weight in the basket, the balloon took off with the Santa still inside. The balloon traveled 1.7 miles before landing at Brighton Place Apartments. Chambers said citizens helped police hold it on the ground when it reached the apartments. "Everyone was strying to save Santa," Chambers said, adding that no one was injured.

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