Sunday 28 May 2017

Woman, 94, finds blimp in backyard

A blimp broke free of its moorings at an airport and landed in a woman's backyard (AP)
A blimp broke free of its moorings at an airport and landed in a woman's backyard (AP)

A 94-year-old Ohio woman has told how she did not realise a breakaway blimp had landed in her backyard until police knocked on her door.

The 128-foot-long blimp broke free of its moorings at a Columbus airport during strong winds early on Sunday and drifted away. It landed in Lillian Bernhagen's backyard in Worthington, less than two miles from Ohio State University's Don Scott airfield. No one was aboard.

Ms Bernhagen said she heard a bang while she was in bed but did not think much of it because forecasters had warned of stormy weather overnight. She said she was stunned when she saw the remnants of the white and blue blimp covering half her backyard.

Crews were taking the blimp apart on Sunday.

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