Blimp Crashes at U.S. Open, Spectators Say Pilot Parachuted Out [Video]

There are multiple eyewitness report of a blimp crashing to the ground and catching fire at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel confirms.

It’s unclear which blimp it was or how many people, if any, were aboard.

UPDATE: There are multiple reports that the pilot of the blimp parachuted out of the crashing blimp.

UPDATE II: According to the Milwaukee Journal, the blimp had nothing to do with the golf tournament (which only makes this story more odd), but was a PenFed blimp that deflated and burst into flames before falling out of the sky. The publication reports the blimp crashed near Highway 83 and Highway 167 in Erin, Wisc., and that various rescue crews rushed to the scene.

“They were trying to give it some throttle and it didn’t go up,” witness Bryan Rosine told the Milwaukee Journal. “Then there was a bunch of kabooms and smoke clouds.”

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