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Weather balloon crashes, catches fire near Gilmer

(Source: KLTV viewer)
(Source: KLTV viewer)
Updated: Jan. 5, 2019 at 2:19 PM CST
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UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A weather balloon crashed and caught fire West of Gilmer Saturday.

According to eyewitnesses, the crash happened around 11 a.m. near the intersection of Lookout Lane and Kelsey.

(Source: KLTV)
(Source: KLTV)

They said once the balloon crashed, batteries on it began to spark and ignited a fire that melted the fabric and part of the frame on the balloon.

No injuries were reported in the incident. Gilmer Fire, DPS, and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

KLTV has reached out to try and determine who the balloon belonged to.

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