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Canada Man Soars Through Sky In Lawn Chair, Gets Arrested

| by Emily Smith

Canadian man Daniel Boria, 26, attempted to draw attention to his cleaning business when he soared through the sky using helium balloons, but instead got arrested.

It took 100 balloons to lift Boria in his lawn chair off the ground. When he jumped to the ground using a parachute, Calgary, Canada police immediately arrested him for one count of mischief causing danger to life.

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One day later, the chair still hasn’t landed, CNN reports.

“At this point, we have no reports of anybody finding anything or anybody being injured,” Calgary Police Acting Inspector Kyle Grant said. “But it’s a big concern for us, and I don’t think it’s something he took into account.”

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Boria apparently came up with the PR scheme two months ago. Though he had originally hoped to rent a plane or helicopter to fly him over the crowds at Calgary Stampede, he was told there was a no-fly policy over the rodeo. Instead, he took matters into his own hands.  

Boria bought a $20 lawn chair and 110 helium balloons. Each cost about $13 and about $80 to fill. In total, the stunt cost him nearly $10,000, Boria told CNN. It took him two hours to fill all the balloons.

“I’d estimate I was going up about 500 to 1,000 feet in a minute,” Boria told CNN. “I was looking down on the city and watching 747s and planes approaching the local airport.”

Although Boria managed to fly over the rodeo, bad weather led him away from his destination. He was forced to parachute and land near a rocky area with train tracks. When he landed, he was arrested by police officers.

On Monday, Boria appeared in front of a justice of the peace and paid a $1,500 bail. He is now required to stay 900 feet away from the rodeo.

Sources: Calgary Sun, CNN

Photo Credit: Calgary Sun