Balloon stunt for Monkii Bars Kickstarter campaign alarms Longmont neighbors
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LONGMONT, Colo. - A man hanging from a hot air balloon over Longmont prompted calls to 911 on Tuesday morning.
"There's a hot air balloon on the north end of town and there's a guy hanging from it and I don't know if he's supposed to be or if he's in trouble," a caller said.
"I don't know if I need to be calling you guys or not," another caller said. "There's a yellow hot air balloon up in the air. I swear there's a person hanging from it."
Police said a man was hanging from the balloon -- on purpose.
Dan Vinson said he was wearing a safety harness while filming a video to promote a Kickstarter campaign for Monkii Bars, portable fitness equipment.
The portable lightweight bars can be used to create makeshift gymnastics-type suspension workouts.
From the ground, Vinson's harness wasn't visible and some thought he needed help. Longmont dispatchers fielded several 911 calls.
Vinson and his business partner told The Longmont Times-Call that they thought people on the ground were cheering them.
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