Utah balloon dashes away with Santa on wild ride

MIDVALE, Utah — If only Santa was as good with hot air balloons as with reindeer sleighs.

A man in a Santa outfit took a wild ride through Utah skies Christmas Eve when his balloon took off without a pilot.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Santa was tossing candy to kids from the balloon during a Midvalley Elementary School fundraiser when the craft landed too hard and the pilot tumbled out.

That left Santa alone and the lighter balloon shot back into the air.

Police Sgt. Torin Chambers said Santa traveled 1.7 miles across Midvale before the craft lost enough air to come down.

A crowd at the school tailed the balloon through town and helped hold it down once it landed.

Chambers said neither Santa nor the pilot was hurt. "Santa's fine and everything's good."

Utah balloon dashes away with Santa on wild ride 12/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:45pm]

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