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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2004: The dawn launch at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is an amazing sight, but on Oct. 10, 2004 there nearly was a tragic reminder that ballooning carries risks. Click on any image to load larger image and start slide show.
Scanned from film. Before dawn, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Flame illumunates a balloon, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004.
Balloons catch first light, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Takeoff, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Witch balloon before dawn, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004.
Bees, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. The bees again, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004.
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. Near tragedy at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004.  The Smokey Bear balloon snagged on a radio tower and the three occupants of the basket had to climb down 600 feet to safety.  Click here for a more detailed photo. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004. One of the few aliens I saw in New Mexico, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, 2004.

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