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Parachutists jump from hot-air balloon over Santa Rosa, Calif.

Jan. 15, 2014 at 3:23 PM

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Four parachutists who jumped from a hot-air balloon over Santa Rosa, Calif., may have broken federal regulations, the California Highway Patrol said.

A police officer saw a parachutist descending from the sky Tuesday morning, then noted a hot-air balloon at a higher altitude and three more parachutists, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Officers spoke with one of the parachutists, an unidentified Oregon man, 46. The other three parachutists were last seen running through a field, while the balloon was observed heading toward the town of Sebastopol, CHP Officer Jonathan Sloat said.

The parachutist with whom the police officers spoke was not arrested, but police began an investigation to determine whether the group violated federal regulations, including jumping without proper equipment and not having a designated or secured landing site, Sloat said.

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