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The Disaster of Balloonfest ’86

Nicole Henley
3 min readSep 13, 2019

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What started as a harmless fundraising publicity stunt ultimately ended in a catastrophe.

In 1986, an attempt at breaking a world record with balloons occurred in Cleveland, Ohio. The event, which was meant to be a harmless fundraising publicity stunt, however, didn’t go as planned and unintentionally left unforeseen consequences in its wake.

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Nicole Henley

Writer of true crime, unsolved mysteries, and marvels of history. Lover of movies, books, cats, and anime.