Weather balloon falls in Sahibabad, creates panic
A weather balloon of the meteorology department fell in a residential area in Sahibabad, creating panic among residents on Wednesday.india Updated: Sep 20, 2012 12:50 IST
A weather balloon of the meteorology department fell in a residential area in Sahibabad, creating panic among residents on Wednesday.
The residents of Koyal Enclave gathered in the area after they noticed a mysterious object falling from the sky at around 11 am. They mistook it a part of an airplane because Hindon air force station is situated near the area.
According to authorities, the residents got scared after they found a transmitter and a small battery attached to the balloon.
“We noticed a mysterious article falling in an open space in the colony. We suspected it a bomb and immediately informed police about the incident,” said Shoaib Ali, a resident of Koyal enclave.
Senior police officials, along with Indian Air Force (IAF) officials, rushed to the spot and inspected the object lying on the field. A stamp of meteorology department, Lodhi Road, New Delhi was found scripted on it.
The Hindon air force station denied the object to be a part of airplanes and said it is a weather balloon. RK Panwar, security in-charge of the air force station, said, “The debris found on the field of Koyal Enclave area was nothing more than the remains of a fallen weather balloon. It has nothing to do with IAF.”
Prashant Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad, said, “We have dismantled the structure and took it in custody. It was a weather balloon that may have fallen due to some reasons. We have urged residents not to get panic.”
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has admitted that falling of weather mapping balloon is a common incident. Weather balloons are released from Aya Nagar station at Mehrauli (Delhi) of the weather department every day in the morning and the evening.
“A weather balloon is released to measure temperature and humidity. It covers 18 km radius and falls down. The department also pays insurance if it causes harm to any person,” said YN Prasad, an official of meteorological department’s Safdarjung station.