Balloon launched in Iowa ends up in Michigan

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A balloon launched in Iowa by a Wisconsin man to capture images from high in the atmosphere ended up crash landing in a Michigan tree.

37-year-old John Flaig of Milwaukee launched the balloon earlier this month from Calmar, Iowa.

The weather balloon was rigged with a video camera and still-frame cameras. Flaig expected the balloon to return to the ground near Milwaukee, but instead it ended up across Lake Michigan in a tree in Kent County’s Algoma Township, about 20 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.

Flaig tracked the progress of the balloon, which had a GPS device. He got the cameras back and posted photos captured from the balloon online.

He says in an email the images are “even more amazing” than he expected.


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