In 1986, in the city of Cleveland, millions of balloons were supposed to be inflated as a part of a fundraiser. One of the aim of this fanfare was to break the world record for the largest amount of balloons released. Volunteers gathered from all over Ohio to make this fantastical plot a reality, thousands spent their day filling balloons. United Way
Reports say that the amount of balloons that were inflated reached about 1.5 million in number, they would have been more in number if a late night storm had not struck some of their balloons astray from the net. When dawn approached, volunteers had to work extra hard to make up for the lost balloons in the night. Viewers noted that the balloons held in by the net looked like a helium mountain rising out of the public square. The Balloon launch organizer also stated in an interview that he was concerned with the loss of more balloons because of another storm that was approaching.
His concern was well-founded as a rain storm quickly approached the area. They decided to release the balloons early, the sight was something that the viewers will never be able to forget. Millions of balloons rose up to the sky and spread in a colorful blend like confetti, By far it almost looked like a rainbow cloud being pushed away by the wind. Soon these balloons started descending on burke lakefront area, they covered the entire Cleveland harbor and spread over the sky. The crew of an aircraft also hilariously reported that it looked like a colorful field of asteroid.
Theseballoons, however, caused two boats to overturn, which led the coast guard to save them in the end.
Balloons covered the entire lake, which made the rescuers task even harder as could not differentiate between the victims head or a balloon.
A horse owner also sued the fundraiser on accounts of injury to his horse as it was scared by the balloons.
In the end, the city had to pay millions of dollars for the combined lawsuits that were caused by the balloons.