Friday, November 25, 2005

Sisters 'fine' after Macy's parade balloon accident

The M&M's balloon hit a lamppost Thursday during New York's Thanksgiving parade. From CNN.Com

This story is WOW! From CNN.Com:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two sisters who were injured because of an unwieldy giant balloon in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are "doing just fine," and the family doesn't plan to sue over the incident, their father said.

City and Macy's officials said they are investigating Thursday's events, which echoed a 1997 balloon accident that prompted new parade safety standards.

The sisters, 11-year-old Sarah Chamberlain and 26-year-old Mary Chamberlain, left their Albany home around 3 a.m. to see the nationally televised parade in person.

The accident happened in Times Square near the end of the parade when the tethers on the "M&M's Chocolate Candies" balloon became tangled in the head of the streetlamp and it broke off. Authorities said the sisters were hit by debris.

Sarah needed nine stitches on her head, her father, Stephen Chamberlain, said Thursday night. Her older sister, who uses a wheelchair, got a bump on her forehead, he said.

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