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Boy in balloon hoax: Jury is still out on the Heenes

On Friday, sheriff stood by the Heenes' story that there is no boy in balloon hoax. But he'll reinterview them.

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The story of the boy who was not in the balloon took another unexpected turn Friday.

The Heene family of Fort Collins, Colo., released their home video of Thursday's launch of their homemade balloon. The video shows the family counting down, the balloon lifting off, and then Richard Heene, father of Falcon Heene, the little boy once thought to be aboard the silver balloon, kicking the ground and yelling angrily as the balloon escapes its tether and floats away.

The video appears to confirm the sequence of events the family described Thursday night on "Larry King Live." But it is also fueling a firestorm of speculation as to whether Thursday's five-hour, hold-your-breath balloon chase that played out 7,000 feet above Colorado – and live on at least three major networks – was nothing more than a hoax.

The Heenes said they had filled the balloon with helium, thinking it would rise only about 20 feet off the ground, and that Mayumi Heene, the mother, had secured the balloon with a tether. Mrs. Heene said that when the balloon continued to rise, she and her husband began arguing. Mr. Heene added that it took a few minutes for his older son to get his attention and tell him that he thought 6-year-old Falcon was inside the balloon.


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