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Hot air balloon crashes after hitting power line; two burned

(CNN) — A wayward hot air balloon hit power lines Wednesday morning during an event in New Mexico, severely burning the two men in it and causing the balloon to plummet some 40 feet to the ground.

The accident occurred during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a celebration dubbed by organizers as the […]

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The Special Shapes Rodeo did not take off as planned Thursday morning because strong winds.

Balloons will inflate in a static display, but won’t lift off the ground. Thursday morning’s cancellation snaps a streak of five straight days of Balloon Fiesta flying.

A Glowdeo is scheduled for Thursday night, but […]

Balloon Fiesta brings big boost to local economy

By Aaron Hilf

Officials: Fiesta has $90 million economic impact

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta brings in thousands of visitors to the area, which has a big impact on the local economy.

Officials say nearly 800,000 people will visit Balloon Fiesta Park during the nine-day event; it’s the largest tourist event in […]

Balloons get earlier start on Sunday

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —It was an earlier start for balloons on Sunday, and the mass ascension was met with clear skies and soft landings.

The dawn patrol took off at about 6:30 a.m. and the mass ascension took place about an hour later. At 6:40 a.m. the green flag was […]

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, October 5-13, 2013

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

“…For more than three decades, guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. ”

For more than three decades, guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This year’s event, […]