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Man arrested after flying over city in balloon chair

A Canadian man has been arrested after tying more than 100 balloons to a garden chair and flying over the city of Calgary.

Daniel Boria was charged with mischief after the bold stunt, which he carried out to promote his cleaning products company.

The 26-year-old said at one point he looked up and saw some of his 110 helium-filled balloons popping and the $20 chair he was sitting on shaking.

He then looked down to see a 747 taking off.

"It was incredible. It was the most surreal experience you can ever imagine," he told local broadcaster CBC.

Boria, who says he is a skydiver, claims he intended to parachute himself into the Calgary Stampede - an annual rodeo festival in the city.

However, he missed the grounds, landing in a nearby industrial field and merely spraining his ankle.

Calgary police said the charges against Boria related to the chair, which they say could have caused injury to somebody if it fell to the ground.

Inspector Kyle Grant told CBC he expected Boria to face further charges, adding: "I think he will end up out-of-pocket quite a bit. It probably would have been cheaper to get a billboard."

I knew I would get arrested, but I didn't think they would pursue it as heavily as they did.

– Daniel Boria

While police confiscated Boria's parachute, the chair and the balloons were left floating somewere in the air.

"We're in the midst of tracking that down," a friend said.