It was a great weekend in Lewiston with the 28th Annual Great Falls Hot Air Balloon Festival in Lewiston and Auburn. Every year, hundreds of people come out early in the morning to watch hot air balloons take off in the sky of Simard-Payne Memorial Park and fly over the skies of the twin cities. That is, if they are able to stay in the air.
Lewiston’s Rich Burton captured video of the Remax hot air balloon making a very unexpected landing at the Irving convenience and gas station on Lisbon Street in Lewiston.
“I’m pretty sure they didn’t want to land there and get gas,” Rich said as he filmed the balloon descending toward what appeared to be a soft landing between the convenience store and the Golden Nozzle car wash. to the side.
The hot air balloon pilot did a great job of keeping control and avoiding all nearby power lines, but as you can see in the video, there were quite a few people in the basket. They seem to be people who paid to enjoy a hot air balloon ride, but didn’t expect a stop at the store.
The police arrived just as the balloon approached the ground, presumably to check everyone and make sure they were okay.
Rich confirmed in a comment on his Facebook page that everyone on board was fine. A store employee told him that the balloon had landed because it had run out of fuel. It’s true. They were out of “petrol” and landed at a service station. I’m pretty sure they won’t get what they need at the pumps.