Hot Air Balloon Lands in Huntley Neighborhood

There were no injuries

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    Huntley Police Department
    Tuesday's balloon went down near Windy Prairie Drive and Songbird Lane.

    A hot-air balloon landed Tuesday morning at an intersection in Huntley, northwest of Chicago.

    The incident happened shortly after 7 a.m. near Windy Prairie Drive and Songbird Lane.

    Huntley Police Deputy Chief Michael Klunk said the pilot made the decision to land when heavy winds began blowing the balloon near power lines. Klunk said a witness saw the touch down and called police.

    The balloon was operated by Sky Soaring out of Hampshire and had three passengers, in addition to the pilot.

    The pilot of the balloon, Chad Morin, said the landing was planned and safe. "This was a perfectly normal landing in a subdivision," he said. "It was a safe place to land."

    There were no injuries.

    In a separate incident, a balloon went down last Friday evening at Pinecrest Golf Course. One of the three passengers received minor injuries when a gust of wind blew the balloon before it landed.

    The balloon caused damage to a tree and a portion of the golf course, Klunk said.

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