Tuesday, July 07, 2015

That's A Waste Of Good Helium

Detroit Free Press: Man faces charges after flying lawn chair with 100 balloons over Canada

Canadian man is facing charges after attaching more than 100 helium-filled balloons to a lawn chair and floating over Calgary, Canada.

Daniel Boria, 26, took flight on Sunday evening and was arrested after he "jumped from the chair and opened a parachute attached to his back," according to a statement from the Calgary Police Service.

Boria was charged with one count of mischief causing danger to life.

The 26-year-old devised the stunt as a marketing ploy to gain attention to his all-natural cleaning solution company, the Toronto Star reported.

He told the newspaper that he spent $12,000 on helium and planned to skydive onto the Calgary Stampede grounds until bad weather foiled his plans.

To be chairitable, we'll give him points for imitating a scene from UP and for having the foresight to strap on a parachute. But, that's quite a waste of a whole lot of Helium that could be put to better use for very little return indeed.

It will be interesting to see if the charge is for endangering himself, or others with his scheme.


ASM826 said...

How can "mischief causing danger to life" even be a crime?

Aaron said...

Not sure. It's a Canadian thing. He may have failed to be sufficiently polite during takeoff or upon his parachute landing, something.