Balloon Boy’s Balloon Goes Home
But his father wants to make sure it’s the real balloon.
Richard Heene, the father of Balloon Boy Falcon Heene, finally has his balloon back.
According to AOL, Richard Heene and his wife Mayumi visited the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office this week and asked for the silver-colored balloon that millions of Americans watched last fall as it flew across the Colorado skies. At the time, the Heenes told police that their son, Falcon, 6, was inside, prompting fears that the child would crash and die. But after an extensive search and rescue operation that included National Guard helicopters, the boy was found hiding in the family garage. The Heenes were arrested and served time (90 days for him, 20 days for her) in connection with their fraud.
Laramie County Public Information Officer Eloise Campanella wrote a sarcastic account of the Heenes’ visit, saying in the sheriff’s newsletter: “Here comes the good part. Are you ready?… Sheriff’s Office personnel had to help [Richard Heene] lay out the balloon. He said he wanted to measure it to make sure it was HIS balloon … as opposed to all the other silver flying-saucer-type devices we have in evidence. Or did he think that someone here would have taken the time to build a reasonable facsimile to switch with his and then sell on eBay?”
Asked about the incident, Richard Heene said, “They’re trying to make me look like a fool.”
Heene, a handyman and inventor, said he wanted to use the balloon as the basis for a transportation device. Before the hoax, Heene had appeared with his wife on Wife Swap and was declared a fan favorite. The Heenes were in talks to be on another reality show, but the deal fell through because of the incident. (AOL News)