April 23, 2008 |
Ships and planes searched along the coast of Brazil today for a priest who disappeared after drifting out to sea suspended from hundreds of helium-filled party balloons, authorities said. Rescue workers said they had not given up hope of finding Father Adelir Antonio de Carli even though bunches of the multicolored balloons had been found floating on the sea. The adventurous clergyman staged the stunt to help raise money for a chapel for truckers in his highway parish. De Carli told friends in his last mobile telephone call Sunday night that his contraption made of 1,000 balloons would soon crash into the Atlantic Ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2010 |
More than 100,000 people have ascended skyward in Irvine's balloon ride to savor aerial views of Orange County, take panoramic photographs and even make the occasional marriage proposal. But imagine the shock the pilot of the Great Park balloon must have felt just before 9 p.m. Sunday when, high above the ground, the gondola shook and a young man parachuted out. The orange-hued helium balloon had ascended to a height of 330 feet when one of the 12 passengers climbed up and out of the netting enclosing the gondola, unfurled a hidden parachute, threw it ahead of him and jumped out, said Irvine city spokesman Craig Reem.
April 20, 2013 |
Balloons in the Clippers' colors were hanging on Laker legend statues before the Clippers played the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. When the news hit Twitter that the likenesses of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Chick Hearn had red and blue balloons attached to their limbs, Lakers fans were not pleased. The balloon prank wasn't the only jab that Clippers Nation took at the Lakers. Before the Clippers game, Coach Vinny Del Negro was asked if the Lakers have a chance against the Spurs in another first-round series.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1991 |
Utility companies are bracing for Valentine's Day, the biggest day of the year for helium-filled metallic balloon sales. The increasing menace of the highly conductive metallic balloons and streamers has caused about 500 outages to more than 400,000 customers in the Department of Water and Power's service area in the city of Los Angeles over the last five years. Southern California Edison Co.
October 19, 1989 |
They scrape treetops, drift across cityscapes, descend into open fields and sometimes into back yards. For those in the open baskets, hot air balloons offer a bit of silence, a rare view of the world and a taste of adventure, all in a flight that lasts two or three hours. For Doug Hatfield of Kansas City, Mo., ballooning is "like the closest thing to a religious experience that you'll probably ever have." "One flight and you're hooked for life," says Ron Hayworth of Wichita, Kan.
July 18, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- When Kent Couch took off in his lawn chair last weekend and, hoisted by hundreds of balloons, pointed it toward Montana, he figured there was about a 90% chance he'd make it at least to Idaho. But that was before he and co-pilot Fareed Lafta ran into a terrifying series of thunderstorms that tossed them and their flimsy aluminum chairs around the sky like toys - and the two men focused mainly on how to safely reunite themselves with the ground. Scared? No time to be scared, the two men said in a telephone interview Wednesday from Bend, Ore., where Couch operates a gas station when he isn't piloting chairs.