Hot air balloon makes unexpected stop in Methuen

METHUEN, MASS. (WHDH) - Residents in Methuen got an unexpected visit from a hot air balloon Tuesday that skimmed across a wooded area and landed in a yard.

Methuen firefighters responding to a report of a smiley face hot air balloon in a yard on Haymeadow Road about 6:30 a.m. found that all six passengers were safe and unharmed.

The sight of a hot air balloon in the front yard of a home was an unusual early morning surprise to neighborhood children.

“The actual balloon of it was like bigger than a house,” one child told 7News. “I am serious.”

Neighbors feared something was wrong and phoned the police, but Tony Sica, the owner of High 5 Ballooning, says he makes many landings on streets.

“Most of our landings are on streets or yards or side yards,” he said. “Of course, if we find a field or a lot or a cul-de-sac, we’ll take it.”

The balloon was carrying people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.

“It was huge, that’s what I thought,” another child said. “I thought I could ride it into outer space.”

Sica gave a bottle of champagne to the family whose yard the balloon landed in.

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