Hot air balloon crashes in Northamptonshire field

A hot air balloon has crashed in Northamptonshire. It came down in a field in the village of Earls Barton near Northampton earlier this morning.

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Hot air balloon crash caused blackout, company confirms

The balloon that crashed in Northamptonshire today. Credit: Eddie White

A power company has confirmed there was a temporary power-cut in the Northamptonshire village where a hot air balloon crashed today.

It happened just after 7.30 this morning at Earls Barton - in a field next to the B573.

Eyewitnesses at a nearby car-boot sale reported seeing flames on the balloon before it dropped from the sky, with some claiming it had hit electricity pylons.

Western Power Distribution say the power was temporarily cut from more than 2,000 homes.

We had one of our 33,000 volt circuits trip - it was a momentary interruption to 2,360 customers and they were restored automatically within a minute.

We had a report of a hot air balloon crash and since then we have switched the circuit out. Engineers attended and the circuit was completely isolated.

They inspected the line and completed minor repairs.

The line did not come down.

– Western Power Distribution spokesman


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