The Doomed Cleveland Balloonfest of '86

This has to be one of the stupidest , thoughtless , and useless activities ever sponsored by any city.

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+4 1. camoga commented 103 days ago

:OVery stupid idea but amazing to watch, looks like the garbage patch in the sky.
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+2 2. cameramaster commented 103 days ago

Typically, a helium-filled latex balloon that is released outdoors will stay aloft long enough to be fully deflated before it descends to Earth. However, the Balloonfest balloons collided with a front of cool air and rain and dropped towards the ground, still inflated, clogging the land and waterways of Northeast Ohio. In the days following the event, balloons were reported washed ashore on the Canadian side of Lake Erie.

Two fishermen, Raymond Broderick and Bernard Sulzer, who had gone out on September 26, were reported missing by their families on the day of the event. Rescuers spotted their 16-foot (4.9 m) boat anchored west of the Edgewater Park breakwall. A Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter crew had difficulties reaching the area because of the "asteroid field" of balloons. A search-and-rescue boat crew tried to spot the fishermen floating in the lake, but Guard officials said balloons in the water made it impossible to see whether anyone was in the lake. On September 29, the Coast Guard suspended its search. The fishermen's bodies subsequently washed ashore. The wife of one of the fishermen sued the United Way of Cleveland and the company that organized the balloon release for $3.2 million and later settled on undisclosed terms.

Balloons landing on a pasture in Medina County, Ohio, spooked Louise Nowakowski's Arabian horses, which allegedly suffered permanent injuries as a result. Nowakowski sued the United Way of Cleveland for $100,000 in damages and settled for undisclosed terms.

Burke Lakefront Airport had to shut down a runway for half an hour after balloons landed there. Traffic collisions were also reported "as drivers swerved to avoid slow motion blizzards of multicolored orbs or took their eyes off the road to gawk at the overhead spectacle".

And The Guinness Book of World Records did not recognize the event as a new world record.

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0 3. ringmaster commented 103 days ago

As people already said: Wrong for at least two reasons, helium shortage and plastic pollution. But Michelle Holden at 5:50 was worth watching the entire clip :O <3
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0 4. Judge-Jake commented 103 days ago

Well that six minutes and thirty four seconds of my life I'll never get back. >:)
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+3 5. thundersnow commented 102 days ago

What about the watch...O:)
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-2 6. Dennis53 commented 101 days ago

@ringmaster: You are sooo right. She is gorgeous.

Wow when Snotr posts this old, tired story, it means they're unable to post quality stuff. Anyone with access to the internet has already seen this at least 5 times, first time being in 1993.
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+2 7. Geekster (admin) commented 101 days ago

#6 I've never seen it before
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+1 8. snotraddict commented 100 days ago

#6 never have seen it either. No longer the butt of jokes? Oooops, he spoke too soon 2:24.

I could see doing something like this back in the day, but today in hindsight, what a horrible idea.
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-1 9. alfie6 commented 91 days ago

I have never seen it before...
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