Up, up, then taken away

Man charged af­ter fly­ing in chair at­tached to bal­loons

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

A Cal­gary man got more than he bar­gained for when he flew over the city in a lawn chair at­tached to helium bal­loons and then had to para­chute to safety.

Po­lice have charged the man with mis­chief and say more charges could be on the way.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen any­thing like it in my ca­reer,” said Cal­gary Po­lice act­ing Insp. Kyle Grant. “I usu­ally see it on those crazy shows on TV of what not to do.”

An per­son was spot­ted float­ing over the Stam­pede grounds Sun­day in the chair, which was at­tached to more than 100 helium bal­loons. He was then seen glid­ing to Earth out­side of the grounds us­ing a para­chute.

“He sat in the chair and be­gan float­ing over Cal­gary. It’s my un­der­stand­ing that he didn’t have any sort of de­vice to steer the craft and got to a point so high at cloud level that he be­came a lit­tle wor­ried and de­cided to jump from the chair,” Grant said.

“He de­ployed the para­chute and ended up land­ing in a green space and rolled his an­kle, caus­ing mi­nor in­jury. He was looked at by EMS, then taken into cus­tody and even­tu­ally charged.”

Daniel Bo­ria, 26, of Cal­gary faces one count of mis­chief caus­ing dan­ger to life. He has since been re­leased.

“Ac­cord­ing to him, he was look­ing to use that as a plat­form to ad­ver­tise for his com­pany,” said Grant.

The stunt brings to mind the 2009 an­i­mated movie “Up” in which an el­derly wi­d­ower ties thou­sands of bal­loons to his home and goes on an ad­ven­ture.

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