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'Balloon boy' balloon turned into cards

'Balloon boy' balloon turned into cards

NEW YORK, July 26 (UPI) -- New York collectables company Topps said pieces of the flying saucer from the 2009 "balloon boy" hoax have been turned into trading cards.
'Balloon Boy' balloon up for auction

'Balloon Boy' balloon up for auction

SPRING HILL, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- The parents of the Florida "Balloon Boy" said they are selling the infamous balloon to raise money for victims of the Japanese tsunami.

'Balloon Boy' mom contradicts dad's claims

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The mother of Colorado's "Balloon Boy" contradicted her husband's claims about the hoax in police interviews, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported Saturday.
'Balloon Boy' dad gets 90 days in jail

'Balloon Boy' dad gets 90 days in jail

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Richard Heene, the Colorado father who admitted falsely claiming his son was adrift in a balloon, must serve 90 days in jail, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Balloon boy bill due

Balloon boy bill due

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The couple who claimed that their son had been carried off on a 50 mile balloon ride last October face sentencing in a Colorado court Wednesday for what turned out to be a massive hoax.
By United Press International

iPhone app creates 'Balloon Boys'

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. software developer said it has created an iPhone application inspired by the hoax story of a Colorado boy trapped in a balloon.
'Balloon boy' parents plead guilty

'Balloon boy' parents plead guilty

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents of the so-called Balloon Boy, pleaded guilty Friday in a Larimer County, Colo., court, attorneys said.
Balloon boy

Balloon boy

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Two adults pleaded guilty to charges related to the hoax in which they said their son had floated away in a balloon in Colorado.
By United Press International
Parents of 'balloon boy' strike plea deal

Parents of 'balloon boy' strike plea deal

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The parents of the "balloon boy" will plead guilty to creating a hoax that their son flew off in a helium balloon from their Colorado home, an attorney said.
Lifetime nixes balloon boy 'Swap' episode

Lifetime nixes balloon boy 'Swap' episode

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A representative for Lifetime says the U.S. cable network pulled a rerun of a "Wife Swap" episode featuring the so-called balloon boy.
Balloon boy

Balloon boy

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Colorado authorities said they are looking further into the possibility that the tale of a boy on a runaway balloon was a hoax.
By United Press International
Balloon boy: a hoax -- and impossibility

Balloon boy: a hoax -- and impossibility

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- "Balloon boy" could never even have gotten off the ground in the silver, homemade craft that looked like a flying saucer, Colorado authorities said Sunday.

'Balloon boy' parents to be charged

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The parents of the Colorado "balloon boy" will likely face criminal charges over the false alarm that their son had been carried aloft, officials said Saturday.

Parents: 'Balloon boy' episode no hoax

DENVER, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Child protection workers will determine whether the "balloon boy" was used in a publicity stunt by his parents, a Colorado sheriff said Friday.
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Richard and Mayumi Heene pose with their three sons (L-R) Ryo, 7, Falcon, 5, and Bradford, 9, at their Fort Collins home on Wednesday, October 1, 2008. Officials said on October 18, 2009 that criminal charges are expected to be filed in the Balloon Boy saga, where it was allegedly feared that Falcon had drifted off with a homemade balloon. UPI/Michael G. Seamans.
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The Balloon Boy hoax (also known as the Colorado balloon incident or Falcon Heene Hoax) occurred on October 15, 2009, when a six-year-old was mistakenly believed to have floated away in a home-made balloon, attracting world-wide attention. Falcon Heene, of Fort Collins, Colorado, was believed to be traveling at altitudes reaching 7,000 feet (2,100 m) in a homemade helium balloon colored and shaped to resemble a silver flying saucer-type of UFO. Falcon, referred to as the "Balloon Boy" by some media outlets, had reportedly climbed into the balloon, after which it became untethered and launched.

After an hours-long flight that covered more than 50 miles across three counties, the balloon landed about 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Denver International Airport. Authorities closed down the Denver airport, and sent several National Guard helicopters and local police in pursuit. After the balloon landed, and the boy was found not to be inside, authorities began a manhunt of the entire area, raising fears that he had fallen from the balloon; it was reported that an object had detached from the balloon and fallen to the ground. Later that afternoon the boy was eventually reported to have been hiding at his house the entire time. The saga was reported by news networks across the world.

Suspicions soon arose that the incident was a hoax and publicity stunt engineered by the boy's father, Richard Heene, particularly following the Heenes' interview with Wolf Blitzer on Larry King Live that evening. In response to a question about why he was hiding, Falcon said to his father, "You guys said that, um, we did this for the show." On October 18, Larimer County sheriff Jim Alderden announced his conclusion that the incident was a hoax, and that the parents would likely face several felony charges.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Mayumi Heene."
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