Hot air balloon makes emergency landing in Davisburg

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Correction: A Sept. 22 article "Hot air balloon makes emergency landing in Davisburg" incorrectly stated that the hot air balloon made an emergency landing. The flight ended with a normal landing and did not run out of fuel, said Eric Horton with Balloon Quest Inc. There were also no children aboard the balloon, he said.

Doreen Schwarze was in her garage Monday evening in Davisburg when she experienced something she'd never encountered before: a hot air balloon passing her house.

The hot air balloon, traveling from Fenton and carrying several adults and children, made an emergency landing around 7 p.m. Monday in her neighbor's backyard, Schwarze said.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office confirmed the incident, and said one deputy responded.

"I was cleaning my garage out and all of a sudden I hear it coming," she said. "I was like, 'Wow, that's coming too close to the house!' Cars were stopping. I realized the balloon was landing."

The balloon reportedly ran out of gas, Schwarze said. The balloon's team came to help the passengers out, as did Schwarze and motorists who had stopped to watch the landing.

Everyone appeared to be fine, Schwarze said.

"All the kids got out laughing," she said.

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