Hot Air Balloon Sets Down In Prison Parking Lot

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (June 21, 2014) Inmates were sent indoors when a hot air balloon landed in the parking lot of a women’s prison unit in Oregon.

The pilot told officials at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility he was taking part in a balloon festival Thursday morning, but was running low on fuel as he battled strong winds.

Prison spokeswoman Vicki Reynolds says the pilot decided the parking lot of the facility south of Portland was the safest place to land.

No one was hurt.

Reynolds says inmates who were in the recreation yard were sent inside for about a half hour while the balloon was removed.

The parking lot is far enough from the main prison that officials "felt confident in assuming this wasn't an inmate escape attempt."

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