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Man Seen Flying Over Calgary Stampede In Helium Balloon Chair

07/06/2015 12:35 EDT

It might be the craziest thing ever spotted over the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Police in Calgary have laid charges against a man who attempted to parachute into the Calgary Stampede from a lawn chair being levitated high in the sky by dozens of helium balloons.


The man was spotted floating over the Stampede grounds Sunday, his makeshift balloon chair resembling something from the Disney movie "Up."


Police say the man was later seen parachuting to the ground in the nearby community of Ramsay.

"It's the first time I've seen anything like it in my career," said Calgary Police acting Insp. Kyle Grant. "I usually see it on those crazy shows on TV of what not to do."

"He sat in the chair and began floating over Calgary. It's my understanding that he didn't have any sort of device to steer the craft and got to a point so high at cloud level that he became a little worried and decided to jump from the chair," Grant said.

"He deployed the parachute and ended up landing in a green space and rolled his ankle, causing minor injury. He was looked at by EMS, then taken into custody and eventually charged."

Daniel Boria of Calgary faces a single charge of mischief causing danger to life, and more charges may be coming.

Boria, who is an experienced skydiver, told CBC news he was able to take off using approximately 110 oversized helium balloons tied to a plain, plastic lawn chair.

He landed safely, but the chair and the balloons remain MIA.

Police say it was a stunt to promote Boria's company.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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