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Hot Air Balloon Crash Injures Passengers

CLINTON, Mass. — A hot air balloon struck a power line as it crashed into a residential area in a Massachusetts neighborhood Saturday night, injuring five people on board, the Associated Press reports.

The Federal Aviation Administration tells Boston’s WBZ-TV that the balloon was attempting to land in the residential area in Clinton when it hit the power lines around 7:40 p.m. Saturday night and caught fire.

The balloon crashed into power lines, knocking out power to residents in the area around Greeley and Brook Streets in Clinton.

Witnesses tell the TV station there was a huge explosion when the balloon hit the power lines. Witness Bob King tells the station he was surprised the balloon riders survived.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom.

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