In 1986, The City Of Cleveland Decided To Release 1.5 Million Balloons To Break A Record. What Happened Next Will Shock You.

In 1986, the United Way attempted to break the world record for balloon launches, by releasing 1.5 million balloons in down town Cleveland, Ohio. Little did they know that it would cause such widespread problems, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.


Volunteers worked for hours filling balloons with helium under a giant net. When the net was released, the balloons rose to the sky.


The massive balloon cloud blossomed over the city, almost like an explosion of color.


It was supposed to be a triumphant publicity stunt, but unfortunately, it was about to go terribly wrong.


A storm was moving in from the Great Lakes that day, and the winds pushed the balloons back down over the city.


With nowhere to go, the sky was filled with an impenetrable cloud of balloons.


Tragically, two people died when Coast Guard helicopters were unable to reach their overturned boat. They simply couldn’t fly in the skies filled with 1.5 million balloons.


The crew of the coast guard search and rescue helicopter said they felt like they were flying through an asteroid field.


When they finally got off the ground, they were searching for the heads of the drowning victims, but couldn’t tell the difference between them and the balloons that covered the surface of the water.


In one case, a woman’s horse was so spooked by the balloons, it seriously injured itself, and the owner sued for $100,000.


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  • Ashley

    So sad!! But did they even check the weather forecast beforehand? This probably would have been really cool if it’d gone right, but it sounds tragically like poor planning :(