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[*] posted on 10-16-09 at 10:00 AM   «:|:»  Link to post Reply With Quote
Morning after: Balloon boy gets sick twice on TV



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By P. SOLOMON BANDA and IVAN MORENO, Associated Press Writers P. Solomon Banda And Ivan Moreno, Associated Press Writers Fri Oct 16, 9:06 am ET

FORT COLLINS, Colo. The father of a 6-year-old boy who was thought to be in a helium balloon that floated away said Friday accusations that the ordeal was a publicity stunt are "extremely pathetic." The sheriff said he will be asking more questions.

Richard Heene and his family made the rounds on all three television networks on Friday, and the boy at the center of the saga got sick twice when he and his father were asked during separate interviews what he meant when he said that "we did this for a show."

Falcon Heene vanished around the time his family's homemade helium balloon floated away from their home on Thursday, setting off a national uproar as authorities scoured the plains of northern Colorado for the youngster. Turns out, he was hiding in the rafters of the family's garage.

During a live interview with CNN Thursday night, Falcon said he had heard his family calling his name but didn't come out of the attic hiding place because his father "had said that we did this for a show." The boys' parents Richard and Mayumi Heene are storm chasers who appeared twice in the ABC reality show "Wife Swap."

Sheriff Jim Alderden said Friday his investigators believe there was no hoax, but investigators will seek a new interview with the family after the CNN broadcast to clarify the statement.

Alderden told KUSA-TV in Denver on Friday that he didn't know what to make of Falcon's comments, but pointed out they came after hours of dealing with media questions. Alderden said investigators, trained to look at body language and verbal communication for signs of deception, were at the Heene home during the whole ordeal and believe they were telling the truth. Despite that, he said investigators would re-interview the family because of the comment.

During an ABC interview on Friday Falcon was asked why he said he was hiding "for a show," at which point he said: "Mom, I feel like I'm going to vomit." He then left the room with his mother and could be heard gagging.

During a live interview on NBC's "Today" that aired simultaneously, Falcon threw up into a container when his father was answering the same question.

At the beginning of the ABC interview, Falcon was asked how he's doing. "I feel good so far," he answered.

Richard Heene lambasted speculation that the ordeal was a hoax.

"I went through such a roller coaster of emotions yesterday, to have people say that, I think, is extremely pathetic," he told ABC.

"I'm not selling anything. This is what we do all the time."

It was five hours from the time the oldest of three sons reported that Falcon, the youngest, had climbed into a saucer-shaped balloon that had drifted off, setting off a search that included military helicopters and a plan to either lower a person to the craft or place weights on the balloon to bring it down. Officials rerouted planes around the balloon's flight path and briefly shut down Denver International Airport.

Heene said the family was tinkering with the balloon Thursday and that he scolded Falcon for getting inside a compartment on the craft. It was designed to hover about 50 to 100 feet from the ground but it broke loose from its tether.

The family videotaped the episode. In a segment shown on national TV, the father kicked the ground when the balloon took off.

One of Falcon's two brothers said he had seen him inside the compartment before it took off and that's why they thought he was in there when it launched. But the boy had gone to the garage rafters at some point and was never in the balloon during its two-hour, 50-mile journey through two counties.

"I was in the attic and he scared me because he yelled at me," Falcon said, referring to his father. "That's why I went in the attic."

The Heenes aren't the types to shy from attention, with boys featured in a rap music video on YouTube and the whole family appearing on the ABC show "Wife Swap."

The show promoted the Heene family as storm chasers who also "devote their time to scientific experiments that include looking for extraterrestrials and building a research-gathering flying saucer to send into the eye of the storm."

During a live interview with CNN, Falcon said he had heard his family calling his name.

"You did?" his mother asked.

"Why didn't you come out?" Richard Heene said.

Falcon answered, "You had said that we did this for a show."

Heene told NBC his son was confused by the question, being only 6 years old, and had shown television reporters his hiding spot, confusing that with a show.


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Some heads need to roll for this one, IMO. The parents are clearly trying to pimp their kids to acheive some type of celebrity. DIA had an entire runway closed because of this... shouldn't someone have to pay for the disruption of services? Blah, our town gets mentioned in the headlines for something stupid like this... wtf.

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I watched most of the fiasco unfold on TV and at first thought it almost funny. Then the facts of altitude and the kid's age (and with that, experience) brought it to light as NOT funny. When the 'craft' landed, there was tons of money used in the 'rescue' in the form of emergency vehicles and personnel.
THEN the truth comes out that the kid's not even in the darn thing and I almost spit my tongue out with half the nasty things it was wanting to say.
In all honesty, I hope the heads roll and roll and roll and roll and...


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I think its shame on all the emergency officials too! The baloon was partially inflated and even if it had been fully inflated there is no way it could have lifted the weight of a small child. FAA limits the carrying capacity of weather baloons to about 5 lbs! If the baloon had a child passenger onboard its flight characteristics wouldn't have been the same... etc. etc.

The sheriff has said that charges will be filed against the parents though as it has become obvious even to them that this was a hoax. Child services should take a serious look at these parents, besides them trying to pimp them for a tv deal anyone that would take their kids tornado chasing needs some help.


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[*] posted on 10-18-09 at 04:10 PM   «:|:»  Link to post Reply With Quote


Apparently the father had told the police the wrong weight and dimensions of the craft. With the details he had provided it actually would have been able to a small child (barely). But it seems that since it was just a sealed plastic painters tarp, covered in aluminium foil, the craft would have never taken off the ground (but it surprised me to hear it was actually only 20lb's away from being capable of going airborn, obviously it would be just barely airborn at that point too)

Needless to say, it sounds like they are going to have 4 felony's charged against them. And they will also be liable for "some" of the financial damages. I hope they get a proper ass raping. The only problem is that America now has to tune out of this story. The ass raping wont be worth anything if we keep listening and giving them more attention. They want attention and drama, they would love to have us follow their trial. We need them to go through the court system, and get fucked, but get fucked alone and with no one watching and no one caring.


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