It is the dramatic moment, a hot air balloon crashed in a parking lot after flying over the roofs of houses and telephone lines during an “erratic” journey.
the The airship crash-landed in Taunton, Somerset, on Thursday as passers-by looked on in amazement.
The locals watched with amusement and awe the balloon flew “very low” before landing.
A witness spotted it flying over the ‘troubled’ M5 before landing in town with a ‘full’ basket.
Nicki Witherden was able to capture numerous videos of the ball dropping, including a bump landing on the asphalt.
The 53-year-old administrator officer, who lives just opposite the disused car park, said the balloon was spotted across Taunton in the early evening.
She said: ‘I had dozed off and my partner woke me up rambling about something so I got up and looked out the balcony door to be faced with the size of the red balloon which was going down.
‘A lot of people had gathered to watch with the sound of the fire going on it was a bit scary to look.
“Amazingly, no one was hurt or injured.
“A lot of people had seen it come down around Taunton and it just happened to land right next to my house.”
One Twitter user described the events saying: “Out of control hot air balloon crashes multiple times, hits rooftops, telephone wires.”
Another witness added: ‘The balloon appeared to be having trouble as it crossed the highway. It came very low above the stores.
“It flew very low and erratically before descending into the parking lot.
“The parking lot was closed so no one could get out.
“They waited for a keyholder to arrive. The passengers managed to exit through a side door.
“The basket was very full of people. When he landed, they were all very quiet.
It was reported that no one was injured in the balloon’s unexpected descent on Thursday, May 19.
The ball landed at Allington Road Park around 9:20 p.m. and was recovered shortly after.
The crew and some nearby residents then helped get the air out and put it away.
One of the people on board the balloon added on social media: “The pilot did a fantastic job getting us down safely.”
The logo on the balloon – Original Bristol 106.5FM – is that of a former radio station which operated between 2007 and 2009.
The balloon’s current owners are Bailey Balloons.