Terrifying moment when a hot air balloon in Brazil goes up in FLAMES in the sky and crashes to Earth
- An unmanned hot air balloon burst into flames before crashing into a residential building in Brazil on Saturday night
- Residents of the town of Arujá filmed the giant balloon descending from the sky as flames spread before covering a small portion of the building
- Neighbors managed to put out the fire; no damage or injuries reported
This is when a hot air balloon was ripped apart in a huge fireball and flung into a condominium in the southern Brazilian city of Arujá as it crashed to the ground.
The chilling images posted on social media show the unmanned balloon hitting the side of the residential building on Saturday night.
It is possible to see the flames stretch and shred the large balloon as neighbors scream in horror.
Residents sprang into action and extinguished the fire on the balloon and building before a fire unit responded.
A hot air balloon was on fire as it descended from the sky before slamming into the side of a condominium in Arujá, a city in the southern Brazilian state of São Paulo, on Saturday evening. Local residents quickly took action and managed to extinguish the fire, which spread to part of the building
Flames rose from a balloon that crashed to the ground near a residential building in Brazil on Saturday night. No injuries or damage have been reported
“There was no damage or injuries,” Arujá’s Ministry of Municipal Security said.
The balloon fire was one of three incidents recorded by environmental police over the weekend in the Greater São Paulo region.
Eight balloons flew over the town of Mogi das Cruzes on Saturday.
On Sunday, police found 18 people releasing huge balloons on a farm in Suzano.
The police confiscated five balloons, seven coils of rope and two gas cylinders. They also seized four blowtorches.
The balloon was one of several released over the weekend in Arujá, Brazil. Any person caught selling, making, transporting and/or releasing balloons can be sentenced to one to three years in prison and may also be fined
The weekend incident was not the only close call between hot air balloons and other objects in Brazil in recent years.
A Qatar Airways Boeing 777 nearly crashed into a balloon before landing at Guarulhos International Airport in July 2022.
A photo taken by a passenger Denio Costa showed the hot air balloon with a 100-foot (30 m) banner hooked to it as it hovered on the left side of the plane.
The pilot was able to maneuver the plane out of the way as it flew over the center of the city and landed without incident.
According to Brazilian Law No. 9.605/1998, anyone caught selling, making, transporting and/or releasing balloons can be sentenced to one to three years in prison and fined.