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Man flies over Calgary using helium balloons


Posted on Tuesday, 7 July, 2015 | Comment icon 16 comments

It took 120 helium-filled balloons to lift the chair and its passenger. Image Credit: CC BY-2.0 Ishmael Orendain
Authorities were alerted after the man tied balloons to a lawn chair and soared in to the heavens.
In a bizarre stunt that didn't go quite according to plan, 26-year-old Daniel Boria tied 120 helium balloons to a lawn chair, put on a parachute and then launched himself over the city of Calgary.

Having planned to bail out over a rodeo to promote his cleaning products he soon found that he had overshot his mark by some distance and had ascended far higher than he had anticipated.

"I was sitting in a lawn chair looking down through the clouds at 747 airplanes and looking up to a cluster of helium balloons," he said. "I rose to a certain altitude and the winds got pretty intense."


Boria eventually plucked up the courage to jump from the chair but after safely parachuting to the ground he was later arrested by local police and charged with causing mischief.

"It's the first time I've seen anything like it in my career," Police Inspector Grant told reporters.
"I usually see it on those crazy shows on TV of what not to do."

The final whereabouts of the lawn chair and balloons however continues to remain a mystery.


Source: BBC News | Comments (16)

Tags: Balloons

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Wickian on 7 July, 2015, 21:24
Well at least he brought a parachute with on his unscheduled, semi-high altitude, lawn chair, balloon powered flight. Safety first, right?
Comment icon #8 Posted by quasar_kid on 7 July, 2015, 21:48
Hahaha!
Comment icon #9 Posted by TheOtherSide1945 on 8 July, 2015, 17:24
Not much else to do here in the prairies.
Comment icon #10 Posted by TheOtherSide1945 on 8 July, 2015, 21:18
Oh, wait I must use proper english: Not much else to do here on the prairies, Eh?
Comment icon #11 Posted by SD455GTO on 8 July, 2015, 23:56
Oh, wait I must use proper english: Not much else to do here on the prairies, Eh? Honestly, it's hard to tell. Are you insinuating a question or a remark? --- question)
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin on 11 July, 2015, 7:32
Self-styled "grammar police" can be both instructive and annoying at the same time. Who care's about grammar in a posting, as long as the idea itself is clear. The presented idea is what matter's. Not the grammar.
Comment icon #13 Posted by captainstickman on 13 July, 2015, 3:50
I am surprised that actually worked. I live in Calgary too and I wonder how many beers he had 1st...
Comment icon #14 Posted by kobolds on 15 July, 2015, 1:36
Apparently this minion forgot the first-rule of self-flight with many helium balloons... have a lanyard BB-pistol and string-cutting knife to lower unwanted altitude issues. I'm pretty sure this minion carry banana , will that be help ?
Comment icon #15 Posted by qxcontinuum on 31 July, 2015, 3:31
arested for mischief ...stupid silly laws...this man is a hero. Let everyone be free.
Comment icon #16 Posted by CIA_Spy on 12 August, 2015, 3:01
arested for mischief ...stupid silly laws...this man is a hero. Let everyone be free. He was arrested because the authorities don't want others doing this and discovering that the Earth's atmosphere isn't as we've been taught. There are doorways in the sky for us to get out of this hellhole. Doorways that lead to different dimensions, spirit worlds.


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