Homeowners held their breath and prayed for their chimneypots as a hot air balloon skirted the rooftops at Brockhall Village.
Thankfully the balloon’s pilot managed to miss everything and land safely in a field close to the houses, with no damage done and no-one hurt.
Eyewitness James Moore, who took these great photos, explained: “I wouldn’t have known anything was amiss had I not seen the large gathering of people outside.
“The balloon came from the west losing altitude rapidly. You could hear the frantic efforts to increase altitude by the gas burners roaring. It narrowly missed the three-storey buildings on my street, Provence Avenue, and looked at first as if it was going to land on the road of Gleneagles Drive.
“Fortunately they snook it over and landed it in the field behind, but it was still very close to the corner house,”
James added: “As you might imagine it dragged lots of spectators away from the Olympics, and the street was lit with the flash of cameras and mobile phones. The balloon appeared to try to take off again, but nothing happened which led to the speculation that there was a hole somewhere.
“Someone had called the police – I think an off-duty policeman – and four assorted police vehicles arrived within a short time of each other, more than the village had seen in years. Shortly after, the balloon was deflated and taken away.”
A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary confirmed they were alerted by an off-duty officer shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday August 8th. Patrols attended the scene, but as no-one was injured and there was no damage, they had no further involvement.
The balloon promotes the Bowker Group of motor dealerships, who, ironically, have just announced their intention to open a new Ribble Valley dealership just a few miles from Brockhall Village, at Osbaldeston.