BREAKING NEWS: Balloon Boy Found Alive and Safe

Oct. 15 2009, Updated 9:31 a.m. ET

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A six-year-old boy believed to have set off a large helium balloon on Thursday has been found safe and alive.

Six Year Old Not Found In Floating Balloon

Authorities said Falcon Heene was at home and hiding in the family’s attic the entire time the balloon was in flight. He is currently at home and is doing fine.

Rescue teams feared Heene may have fallen from a box that should have been attached to the bottom of the Mylar vessel. A sheriff’s deputy said on Thursday that he saw an object fall off the balloon.

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People across the world watched Thursday as the homemade helium balloon soared 7,000 feet over eastern Colorado for more than an hour and a half.

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