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‘Balloon Boy’ Who Captivated America In 2009 Is Now A Teen And Back On TV After 10 Years

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

In 2009, millions of viewers turned on the news and spent two hours hoping and praying the now-infamous “Balloon Boy” would be OK.

Richard Heene claimed he, his wife, and their three kids were putting the finishing touches on their homemade flying saucer when it flew off with 6-year-old Falcon trapped inside.

The large silver helium balloon took off into the skies, soaring uncontrollably over the heads of panicked Coloradans.

Once the balloon finally landed and emergency crews rushed to the scene, viewers were watching with baited breath.

But much to the public’s surprise, there was no Falcon to be found — because the truth was, the boy had been hiding in the family’s attic the whole time.

Police came to the conclusion that the Heene family set up the entire stunt for fame and attention, and they hoped to walk away from the incident with their own reality show.

Falcon’s mother eventually admitted the emergency was a rouse. Both she and Richard pleaded guilty and even served jail time.

Now, 10 years later, Falcon is a teenager. He and his family are back on television — and this time, he claims there is more to the “Balloon Boy” story.

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