May 10 - At least one person has been confirmed dead and two are still missing after a hot air balloon catches fire in Virginia. Gavino Garay reports.
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Fire and smoke engulf a hot air balloon in Virginia.
At least one person is confirmed dead and two more missing after it ignited. It was part of the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival.
Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Corrine Geller.
(SOUNDBITE) VIRGINIA STATE POLICE SPOKESWOMAN CORRINE GELLER SAYING:
"According to witnesses, they say they heard an explosion. And it was after that that the basket and the balloon actually separated. We are still in the process, we spent all night, searching for the wreckage of the basket and the balloon. It was just before midnight we were able to locate one of the occupants - one of the three occupants of the balloon. The remains have been transferred to the office of the chief medical examiner in Richmond for positive identification."
Authorities are still searching for those missing.
Carrie Bradley saw the balloon in flames, and says she heard harrowing screams.
(SOUNDBITE) WITNESS CARRIE BRADLEY SAYING:
"You could hear them screaming 'Please, dear God, sweet jesus help us, we're gonna die. Oh my God, please help us."
More than 20 hot air balloon teams from across the United States were to take part Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival.
But a festival spokesperson says all further events are canceled.
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