Canadian goes airborne in lawn chair lifted by helium balloons

Daniel Booria of Calgary was charged with mischief after he tied more than 100 helium-filled balloons to a lawn chair


Reuters July 07, 2015
Daniel Booria of Calgary was charged with mischief after he tied more than 100 helium-filled balloons to a lawn chair. PHOTO: THEMARYSUE

A Canadian man who parachuted from a flying lawn chair powered by helium balloons was facing police charges.

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Daniel Booria of Calgary was charged with mischief after he tied more than 100 helium-filled balloons to a lawn chair on Sunday evening, strapped a parachute on his back and set sail over the city in a publicity stunt intended to advertise a cleaning-products company.

The 26-year-old was intending to steer the improvised aerial device over the Calgary Stampede, the city's annual rodeo and festival that attracts over a million visitors a year, with an eye to parachuting onto the grounds.

He was blown off course and jumped on a field nearly 2 km west of his intended destination where he was met by police and arrested.

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"It was the most fun thing I've ever done," the man told the Calgary Sun newspaper, saying the stunt used a C$20 ($15.80) lawn chair from a hardware store and balloons bought online.

The chair was found near High River, about 65 km south of Calgary.

COMMENTS (1)

Zafar | 6 years ago | Reply Great Guy. My heart is with him. Well done.
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