LEWISTON — Michael Hallihan of Hampden, Mass. had his cell phone camera in hand when a sudden ball of fire erupted in the basket of one of the hot air balloons lifting off during the Saturday evening launch at the 19th annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
The video is shot from a distance, but the fireball is clearly seen. Viewer discretion is advised when watching the video.
Despite burn injuries resulting from an explosion Saturday night during the Great Falls Balloon Festival, the family of New Hampshire hot air balloon pilot Andre Boucher expect him to recover and return to the skies. As of Sunday evening, he was being treated at Maine Medical Center.