It’s a bird…! It’s a plane…!
Nope. It’s actually a man in a flying lawn chair. No joke!
A Canadian man attached giant, helium-filled balloons to a lawn chair and soared for miles over Calgary. The man was attempting a promotional stunt, according to police and one of his business partners.
But 26-year-old Daniel Boria lost control of the makeshift cockpit and had to abandon ship at some point.
“He had no control device on the balloons and really was just traveling by the grace of the wind,” Derek Mohajer told ABC News.
Boria works in marketing and was attempting to promote a cleaning company when he took to the skies on Sunday afternoon with 150 balloons along for the ride.
“It was a little too windy and he went a little too high and the stunt wasn’t responsible,” Mohajer said.
According to police, he was first spotted above Harlow Avenue, in the Northwest part of the city. Then, witnesses reporting seeing him trying to maneuver the chair towards the downtown area.
When he neared downtown, “the man jumped from the chair and opened a parachute attached to his back,” police said in a release.
He finally landed at Highfield Boulevard and Ogden Road, in the southeast part of the city, about 9 miles away. Boria missed his landing zone — which police believe to be the Stampede Grounds — and had minor ankle injuries, according to Mohajer.
As for the balloons, Mohajer said he has no clue where they ended up.
Police arrested Boria and charged him with mischief causing danger to life, according to the Calgary Police Service. He has since been released.