• SEE: Hot air balloon crash-lands into crowd at Missouri festival

    By: Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    HANNIBAL, Mo. - Crowds at a festival in Hannibal, Missouri, screamed and scattered Saturday as a hot air balloon quickly descended toward spectators, knocking several to the ground and injuring at least one person, according to news outlets.

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    It happened at the Hannibal Bicentennial Celebration when an “experienced balloonist” tried to land, KHQA-TV reported.

    He ended up smashing into several spectators, bouncing off the ground and grazing a tree before bringing the balloon under control.

    A young girl suffered minor injuries.

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    "Thankfully, there were no serious injuries, and the event continued," the festival committee said in a statement, CNN reported.

     


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