1 man dies in hot air balloon explosion

Monday, August 18, 2008

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a hot air balloon exploded in south central Missouri, killing one man on board.

The patrol said 49-year-old Bill Blair of Mountain Grove died after some of the propane tanks exploded. The tanks started to leak and the entire balloon became engulfed in flames.

Troopers say Blair jumped out of the balloon but likely died when he hit the ground.

Another person was injured when he tried to pull Blair out of the burning wreckage.

The single-person balloon had been tethered to a truck.

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