The St. Louis Dispatch reports about complaints to the Better Business Bureau and previous alleged criminal problems involving controlled substance issues. The balloon appears to have come into contact with a power line.
Federal investigators said the balloon, which was operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides, hit high-tension power lines before crashing into a pasture in Central Texas early Saturday morning. One witness who lives a quarter-mile from the site, Margaret Wylie, said she heard popping sounds and saw what looked "like a fireball going up."
We recently took a balloon ride in Arizona with some friends. As a personal injury lawyer of some 35 years I had to keep looking up at the ropes, knots and rings that held us aloft at over 1,000 feet. Not the most comfortable place to be. Read the story it's worth your time.