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An incident that occurred on October 15, 2009, in Fort Collins, Colorado, when the parents of a six-year-old boy, Falcon Heene, falsely claimed that he had floated away in a home-made balloon.

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A Quick Tip by justiceerolin

  • Oct 15, 2009
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6-year old Falcon w/ stormchaser parents AND a helium balloon out back. EPIC WIN. Hiding in a box in the garage attic? EPIC FAIL.
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review by . October 15, 2009
Go Falcon, Go!
While playing around on Twitter I noticed that one of the Trending Topics was CNN.  Interested, I clicked on CNN and came to find that a boy named of Falcon climbed into a homemade Helium Air Balloon and took off!! Very quickly Twitter's Trending Topics went from CNN, to Balloon Boy, Falcon, Colorado, etc.  Major news stations across the world started jumping on board to follow the story about Falcon flying Southeast from Ft. Collins, Colorado towards Denver.        …
Quick Tip by . October 18, 2009
News malipulation exposes fundamental flaw in society. 24 hour news outlets need to be more responsible and focus on important issues. 
Quick Tip by . October 17, 2009
As if there's no other news to follow...how about some international news for once??..a silly story about publicity mongers.
Quick Tip by . October 15, 2009
Wow...#balloonboy eating a Twinkie in a box at home LOL...so @questlove are you gonna whoop him? I bet the parents feel like fools!
Quick Tip by . October 15, 2009
Found In a box!!!! Great story! Should be a movie! "Falcon: The Boy Who Shut Down America with his Balloon"
Quick Tip by . October 15, 2009
Must be having the adventure of a lifetime or scared out of his mind. I'm praying that the little boy is rescued unscathed. #saveballoonboy
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Hmm... let's see.    I'm a 20-something living in Los Angeles, CA. I was born and raised here, with the exception of a 3 year stint in the Philippines. This "long" vacation helped … more
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On October 15, 2009, six year old Falcon Heene was reported to be missing from his family home in Fort Collins, CO, by his science enthusiast parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene.  He was believed to have set adrift in a 20 by 5 feet helium balloon that his family had been building.  There were fears that he had fallen out of the balloon due to an unlocked door, and when the balloon finally did make a soft landing, the boy was not inside.  It was discovered a few hours later that the boy never actually set afloat on the helium balloon, but was hiding in a box in the family's attic during the ordeal.

On October 17, authorities determined that this was a hoax orchestrated by the parents in an attempt to better market themselves for a reality television show.  Authorities are currently pressing charges.
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