The blimp crash was far from the course but the smoke that rose above the trees afterwards was terrifying.
— Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) June 15, 2017
— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) June 15, 2017
— madison seigworth (@msiggyy) June 15, 2017
Blimp just popped & crashed at the US open, holy shit pic.twitter.com/dlRymV2fTr
— Sam Schmitt (@SamwellSchmeet) June 15, 2017
— Adam Johnson (@Coach_Guy_AJ) June 15, 2017
— Brian Fluno (@luckeydogg) June 15, 2017
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.
— golfjunkie (@mikecastleberry) June 15, 2017
Just saw a blimp crash here at the open. Pilot looked to have parachuted out #USOpen
— Paul Daugherty (@EnquirerDoc) June 15, 2017
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.”