It’s Been 10 Years Since Fort Collins Balloon Boy Incident
At first we thought we were having first contact. There was a U.F.O. flying around NoCo. We quickly found out that the silver item, made of tarps and aluminum foil, was actually a homemade weather balloon from self-proclaimed storm chasing, weather enthusiast Richard Heene.
He had been "testing" the balloon in the backyard when, what we were initially told, Henne's 6 year old son Falcon had crawled inside and the balloon broke free. The balloon crossed over three NoCo counties being followed by a news helicopter, and we all held our breath as the balloon crashed into an empty field. Was Falcon injured or even worse? As the first responders poked and stabbed at the balloon with pitchforks and other objects to get to the center we all waited for the outcome.
As it turns out, Falcon, was not in the balloon. He never was. At first we were told Falcon hid in the garage and released the balloon for attention. But after a couple days, and some questioning and pressure from authorities, it was revealed that Falcon was told by his father to say those thing. You see, Richard had been trying to get his family a Reality TV show. He thought that the exposure may help with that.
An outrageous story that gripped the nation and started right here in NoCo. Trevor Hughes was a reporter for the Coloradoan in '09 and '10 and followed the story closely. If you would like to see the interesting details he remembers, you can check out the USA Today article on the anniversary here.