Hot Air Balloon Crash Sparks Fire in Rochester, Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MN ( – A harrowing incident unfolded in Rochester, Minnesota, on Wednesday evening as a hot air balloon crash sent sparks flying and ignited a grass fire.

According to reports, the balloon collided with power lines, causing a dramatic scene captured by nearby traffic cameras. Rochester firefighters swiftly responded to extinguish the ensuing blaze, which engulfed an area approximately 100×100 feet.

Amidst the chaos, two individuals sustained minor injuries from the crash. Police revealed that the balloon detached from its basket and plummeted 20 to 30 feet to the ground with three passengers aboard. Fortunately, the injuries were minor, but the ordeal left the community shaken.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the balloon was attempting to land in a nearby field when an unexpected gust of wind pushed it into the path of the power lines.

As authorities continue their inquiry into the incident, residents are left reflecting on the fragility of human flight and the importance of safety protocols in aerial activities.

Stay tuned for further updates as this story develops.


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