Virginia Competition Sizzling Air Balloon Catches Fireplace and Crashes

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A hot air balloon at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival in Doswell, Virginia, caught fire and crashed shortly before 8PM ET, according Virginia State Police officials. Police and rescue crews continued to search for wreckage and at least three missing passengers into the night.

The fiery crash was first reported on social media just before 8PM ET. Eyewitness Nancy Johnson of Chester, Virginia, took this photo (above) of the hot air balloon as it caught fire. She originally posted it on Instagram, but agreed to share the original with Mashable.

Johnson, who was attending the festival described the scene in an email to Mashable, “All balloons were hovering behind event park then everyone just started pointing at sky. When I looked, the basket of balloon was engulfed in flames from there crowd just went silent and watched in shock.” Read more…

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