Home Video Shows 'Accidental' Launch of the Heene Family Balloon


New video shows the "accidental" launch of the Heene family balloon, complete with accidental countdown. An investigation, potentially criminal, is being launched.

Watch the take-off, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. what the?

    Posted by: schniffy | Oct 16, 2009 2:19:09 PM

  2. sad

    Posted by: Wes | Oct 16, 2009 2:29:30 PM

  3. What's sad is how much media and online coverage this event is getting....

    /golf clap

    Posted by: G | Oct 16, 2009 2:31:50 PM

  4. once i found out that they were in a reality show twice before, i just knew this was a publicity stunt.

    times are hard now, they needed a show.

    Posted by: johnosahon | Oct 16, 2009 2:37:53 PM

  5. ugg. Just send them the bill. And send the parents to jail and parenting classes.


    Posted by: Tom A | Oct 16, 2009 2:43:09 PM

  6. 4 CNN breaking news emails yesterday... 4!

    Posted by: Scott B. | Oct 16, 2009 2:53:06 PM

  7. The father has a video of his three sons using the word f@ggot in a song they made up. This guy is anti-gay and msygonistic. The father is crazy too.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 16, 2009 2:59:42 PM

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    Posted by: Sarah Danes | Oct 16, 2009 3:05:59 PM

  9. This whole family needs to jump on a stupid balloon and disappear from the face of the earth... for real.

    Posted by: Jake | Oct 16, 2009 3:11:05 PM

  10. this whole story makes me feel like doing what that six year old did... twice. Yuk.

    Posted by: cd | Oct 16, 2009 3:18:35 PM

  11. Please. Stop. Covering. This.

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Oct 16, 2009 3:22:19 PM

  12. You can tell that the dad's fake tantrum is so put on. If you watch online one of the Wife Swap episodes he throws a few fake tantrums as well. Was the point of this to see if the balloon got off the ground but would be tethered so it didn't float away, but it obviously did?

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 16, 2009 3:42:35 PM

  13. Not to be a spoiler, since I have a lot of suspicions about this case too, but is there any proof this balloon launch was yesterday's? It seems a little odd they'd risk criminal charges by letting a home video like this go out if it incriminated them. But they could be just that crazy.

    Posted by: Bruno | Oct 16, 2009 4:22:24 PM

  14. I couldn't believe this was breaking news when it happened...Now I see that the family planned it to happen this way.

    Posted by: Danny | Oct 16, 2009 5:01:38 PM

  15. those poor kids...

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 16, 2009 5:39:19 PM

  16. That poor woman and children- the man sounds like a nut case!

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 16, 2009 5:54:51 PM

  17. Why in the world didn't he check the attic and / or the "entire house" before calling 911? the American taxpayer ended up paying for his childish distraction and immature hobby..give me a break!!

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 16, 2009 9:37:52 PM

  18. D is for Douche!

    Posted by: KJ | Oct 16, 2009 10:16:49 PM

  19. I hate this whole shitfest and appreciate America's 15-minute attention span. Next week, it'll be back to the Gosselins.

    Also, this really doesn't cost the tax-payer anything. All those policemen and firemen are getting paid regardless, so let them chase a damn balloon, earn their keep when nothing's going on, and more importantly, put on a 2-hour show during a slow newsday, lol.

    Posted by: Drew | Oct 16, 2009 11:34:06 PM

  20. Seriously, child protective needs to rescue these kids.

    Posted by: grego | Oct 16, 2009 11:59:47 PM

  21. I think this was originally considered "breaking" news because there was speculation the child was in a basket attached to the balloon. In fact, the local airport was even shutdown temporarily at one point. If this is proven to be a hoax, then all involved are well-deserving of prosecution.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Oct 17, 2009 1:10:31 AM

  22. This does cost the taxpayers since extra units were called out, including airplanes and helicopters to follow along. Plus if you lived in this area and had an emergency there was probably a time delay due to the fact that everyone was tied up with this. Glad to hear they are planning on charging the father.

    Posted by: Kristoffer | Oct 17, 2009 9:47:57 PM

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