This is the case of Tom Holowach who created and prepared one of the most massive release of balloons into the sky during Cleveland, Ohio’s Balloon Fest on September 27, 1986.
And this with the very best intentions: Kids in schools “sold” balloon sponsorships at 2 for a dollar that went to United Way. The goal was 2 million but they stopped at 1.4 + million.
And then, something inexpected occurred! And Balloon Fest ended tragically! A storm moved in and forced all of the balloons back over the city.
Two fisherman whose boat had overturned were unable to be rescued because Coast Guard helicopters couldn’t find the vessel beneath the impenetrable mass of balloons.