“Probabilities (of something like this happening) are pretty slim,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
However, Stellman said there was an incident less than two years ago when a balloon came near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. A Delta Air Lines pilot called the control tower to report the wayward balloon. The Weather Service was contacted, but it was not clear if the response reached Thursday’s level.
Washington Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive were blocked for about an hour Thursday afternoon while Atlanta police and fire crews investigated the matter.
Obviously, investigators determined the balloon was harmless.
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