File The sign of a Chick-fil-A is seen July 26, 2012 in Springfield, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
American Fork, UT – A balloon from a local restaurant landed in a neighborhood in American Fork. Although it surprised the people who lived there, they received free chicken sandwiches. American Fork Police were called to a scene involving a hot air balloon near Washington Avenue and 300 West.
Initially, police and firefighters thought the balloon driver might be in distress. A police spokesman said they believed the plane was attempting to make an emergency landing. American Fork Police Lt. Josh Christensen said that was not the case.
“It was actually a balloon owned by a local company. They were landing in neighborhoods under a marketing deal and they were distributing their products in the neighborhood,” Christensen said.
Christensen said the local restaurant balloon was part of a marketing promotion for a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Neighborhood residents received chicken sandwiches as part of the promotion. Lt. Christensen adds that they even offered sandwiches to the officers working on the scene.
American Fork police and fire departments were not notified prior to the promotion.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.