Hot air balloon collides with power lines in Thatcher

hot air balloon draped over utility wires

Thatcher, Ariz. – Hot air balloon ride in Arizona came to a shocking end after the balloon collided with utility lines and caught fire. After the balloon experienced a mechanical malfunction and lost thrust, the balloon clipped a utility line upon its descent and caught fire from the broken utility wire. The balloon occupants used an onboard fire extinguisher to put out the blaze.

The Gila Herald / Safford, Arizona

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