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Balloon lands in Longview neighborhood

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV) - A bit of a surprise for a Longview neighborhood earlier today, as a hot air balloon landed in their midst.

It was around 5:30 today in the Towne Oak area when neighbors looked up to see a hot air balloon slowly coming down in a cul-de-sac in their quiet neighborhood.

At first, neighbors thought it may have been an emergency landing, but the pilot , well-known to balloon race fans, Dr. Bill Bussey, says that's not true.

"Friends called me saying they were going to put it on the air tonight that it was a crash landing; that's absolutely false, blatantly false. It was a very controlled landing in precisely the spot I called my crew and told them to be right there, that's where I'm landing," Bussey says.

Bussey's crew was able to pack-up the balloon and exit the area with no problems, and again he says, it was a controlled landing.  No one was injured and no damage was done to any of the homes.

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