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Lucky escape for hot air balloonists after power line crash

The hot air balloon crashed into power lines in Northamptonshire Photo: Mark Nelson/ITV News

Three people, including a teenager, had a lucky escape after their hot balloon crashed into high voltage power lines, leaving the basket suspended 45ft above the ground.

The trio were trying to land into a ploughed field close to Bozeat, near Wellingborough in Northampton, when a sudden change in the direction of the wind threw them against the line, causing an explosion and a shower of sparks, pilot Adam Griffiths,19, told ITV News.

They were brought to safety by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service after the incident was reported to the emergency services at 6.10pm on Sunday.

Rescue teams were sent to the scene immediately but had to wait for several hours for confirmation that the power lines were no longer live before helping those stranded in the basket.

UK Power Networks said two customers, who take electricity directly from the high-voltage network, lost power due to the incident.

A spokesman for the firm said: "We had engineers on site, working in conjunction with the neighbouring electricity distribution company, shortly after the collision.

"We also worked with the emergency services to ensure the lines were safe before the occupants of the basket could be brought down."