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A flying object believed to be on fire in South Miami on Sunday caused officials to conduct a massive search. Police and fire fighters scoured the area by car, boat and by helicopter.
We saw like a giant red-like, a huge intense red ball which flew right across the side," Mercado said. "We though it was a hot air balloon or we thought it was a plane like crashing. We didn't know what it was at all."
Eleven-year-old Luis Mercado and his mom said they saw the object as they were driving home from dinner.
A land, sea and air search was underway Sunday night for a hot-air balloon that may have been on fire in the South Miami area.
It was not known whether anyone was aboard the balloon, seen near Southwest 84th Street and 52nd Avenue, or even whether the balloon existed.
According to Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Eddy Ballester, callers said they saw the balloon. ``Whether it is on fire or not is not known,'' he said.
The mystery surrounding a burning object seen falling from the sky in South Miami Sunday night remains, well – a mystery.
Police and Fire-Rescue crews spent several hours searching for a hot-air balloon after they received several reports of one going down in flames in Miami last night.
The balloon was spotted on fire by several people around SW 53 Ct. and 88 St. just before 7 p.m.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue searched for the balloon on land and at sea, but turned up nothing.
The truth may be out there, but South Florida police agencies say they're not going to spend any more resources looking for it.
As of Monday morning, Miami-Dade police said they had classified the case of the flying object believed to be on fire as unfounded.
"They found nothing that could conclude anything was wrong or there was anything criminal in nature," Miami-Dade Police Det. Robert Williams told CBS4.com.
Originally posted by btek2200
I know riight of coarse theres a 30sec half aced report on this story which gives all the utencils of a cover up...i meen that ignorant dude "yea i was drivn home n i saw dis pieca metal burnin in da road i grabbed it somehow?and draggd it to da sida of da road huh huh"...geez what a perfect canidate like wouldnt you think there would be some kind of debris trail then? obviously whatever it was they dont want us to know about it they expect "hey honey get this a hot air ballon burnt down today hot dam you know were never goin on those..""poor people,i hope there familys cope"ahh im mad i think this is bigger.. did neone freeze frame that kids drawing looked kinda weird to me
[edit on 30-11-2009 by btek2200]