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Hot Air Balloon Lands Near Ore. Interstate

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say a hot air balloon with 10 people on board landed in a grassy area west of Interstate 205 Saturday morning after its operator couldn’t land safely at two other spots because of windy conditions.

The operator told police the group departed from the town of Aurora, and the conditions prevented them from landing at two sites north of Canby, so he controlled the descent until finding a suitable spot.

No one was injured and the balloon was deflated and removed from the area about 30 minutes after landing.

Police say there had been 9-1-1 calls that a hot air balloon was flying low over the Willamette River near Oregon City.

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