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Hot air balloon gets caught in power lines in N.H.

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Authorities said a hot air balloon carrying five people became tangled in power lines in Hampstead, N.H., on Friday. WMUR-TV reported that the balloon had taken off from Salem and was attempting to land when it got caught in the power lines at about 7:15 a.m. The accident temporarily shut off power to about 3,600 customers. No injuries were reported. The balloon pilot, Charles Sica, said he was already descending, so he did not have enough time to clear the power lines. He said he had “to get the balloon down and get my passengers out, which is exactly what we did.’’

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