Hot air balloon plops down on Minnesota highway

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Drivers on Minnesota Highway 41 near Chaska got a surprise Monday night when they came up on a hot air balloon that had plunked down on the road, which runs through a forested area, FOX 9 reported.

FOX 9 News viewer Karen Atkinson shared her photos of the incident and noted that it was remarkable the balloon did not land in the woods or a nearby river.

The balloon landed on the roadway at about 9:30 p.m. Monday, Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske, told FOX. No injuries were reported.

Details were not immediately available. Roeske could not say what necessitated the landing, and he could not confirm who was piloting the balloon.

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