and the shock when the kid wasn't there.
Just searched and read one link where they're already talking about turning into a criminal investigation.
Personally I hope the kid was messing around the balloon, and when it took off, got scared he'd be blamed and in trouble so he went and hid.
I sure hope the boy got out safely on a first touchdown and then it hopped and traveled where it was discovered on a second touchdown.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- - A homemade balloon aircraft floated away from a yard in Colorado after a 6-year-old boy was seen climbing inside, setting off a frantic scramble by the military and law enforcement agencies before the balloon slowly touched down in a field. The child's fate was unclear, and there was no sign of him in the balloon when it landed.