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Report Of Downed Hot Air Balloon In Hudson Turns Out To Be False Alarm

Officer Chavez of the Ossining Police Department displays the culprit of the false alarm of a downed hot air balloon -- party balloons that were found off the Ossining coast Friday night.
Officer Chavez of the Ossining Police Department displays the culprit of the false alarm of a downed hot air balloon -- party balloons that were found off the Ossining coast Friday night. Photo Credit: Ossining Police

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department leapt into action this weekend for a call that turned out to be a false alarm.

The department was summoned to the Hudson River for the report of a hot air balloon down north of Sing Sing Prison in Ossining and south of Croton Point Park at 8:21 p.m. Friday.

Croton firefighters, along with Westchester County Department of Public Safety Special Operations Division Emergency Services Unit Marine/Aviation personnel, Rockland County Sheriff’s officials and the Haverstraw Fire Department, investigated the report.

Using Croton Fire’s Marine 12 and Marine 32 crafts, along with multiple other boats and a helicopter from the other agencies, first responders checked the area and found no hot air balloon nor anyone in distress.

The reason for the report turned out to be a slew of party balloons that were in the water off of Ossining.

All units returned to service from the call about an hour later.

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