UPDATE: Balloon boy found safe at home

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By: KKCO - Email

Fort Collins, Colo. (AP) - The Larimer County Sheriff's Department says Falcon Heene, the 6-year-old boy they thought was lost in a balloon was found safe at home.

The 6-year-old boy climbed into a hot-air balloon aircraft and floated away Thursday, forcing officials to scramble to figure out how to rescue him.

Rescue crews surrounded the balloon after it crash landed Thursday afternoon in a field after two hours in the air. A sheriff's official says the boy climbed into a box attached to the balloon but it wasn't found at the crash site and they've been searching for it since.

Cathy Davis of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department told reporters the balloon was owned by the boy’s parents and tethered behind the family’s home. She said two sons were playing outside when the older boy saw the younger one go into a compartment at the bottom of the balloon and fly away.

Larimer County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Eloise Campanella says the device, which is shaped like a flying saucer, has the potential to rise to 10,000 feet.

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