CALGARY, ALBERTA, Canada (July 7, 2015) – A Canadian man faces charges after a weekend stunt in which he tied 100 helium balloons to a lawn chair and then parachuted out.
The stunt was meant to promote a cleaning company, according to the Calgary Sun. A banner for the company was attached to the chair.
Dan Boria launched from a park Sunday and planned to parachute into chuckwagon races at Stampede Park. But the stunt didn’t go as planned; Boria got too high and strong winds pushed him off course. The 26-year-old called it a “surreal experience” and claimed he got high enough that he was looking down on a 747.
He landed in a field about a mile away from his target and injured his ankle. He was taken into police custody and charged with mischief causing danger to life.
“It was awesome, it was the most fun thing I’ve ever done,” Boria told the Calgary Sun. “The first couple of thousand feet were pretty scary — I didn’t know if it would hold up.”
Boria said he’s an experienced jumper who has parachuted about 30 times before. The flying contraption cost more than $13,000 for the helium, balloons and chair.
Police called the stunt “irresponsible” and said the chair, later found in a ditch with 15 balloons still inflated, could’ve hit and injured someone on the way down or caused property damage.
Boria has been released from jail after posting bail. He’s supposed to stay away from Stampede Park as a condition of his release.
He’s due back in court next week.