Have you ever wanted to take a ride in a hot air balloon? I've been a several vacations where there was the option to do adventurous side trips or excursions and I'm usually up for anything.

I've sped across the ocean on a jet ski, zip-lined over a tropical beach, biked through a forest, ridden a horse on the side of a mountain, and all kinds of fun things. However, one thing I've always been terrified of is taking a ride in a hot air balloon.

What happened this week in Minnesota will go a long way in keeping me out of any basket attached to a giant balloon.

Where And When Did The Hot Air Ballon Crash Happen?

The fire department in Rochester, Minnesota reported on the evening of Wednesday, March 20, they responded to a hot air balloon accident on Highway 63 S. near 40th St.

Law enforcement had arrived on the scene just before the Rochester Fire Department and they reported that a hot air balloon basket was on the ground. As the fire department approached, they could see the balloon drifting to the southeast, without a basket attached.

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Fire crews ultimately extinguished an approximately 100’ x 100’ area of the western ditch that had caught fire following the crash of the balloon basket. The balloon was captured on video floating approximately a mile east of the scene, until striking a powerline.

Initial reports indicated that there were originally four people on board and although an ambulance was called to the scene, the Rochester Fire Department confirmed they had met with the pilot and other passengers and there were thankfully no serious injuries reported.

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While it's great news that there were no injuries, it certainly doesn't help my deep-rooted fear of taking a ride in a hot air balloon. What about you?

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