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Stolen Hot Air Balloon Recovered

Ocala (WTFF) – A “hot” hot air balloon was found at The Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday night.

Stolen hot air balloon featured in a hot air balloon festival

The event was held at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, despite being called “The Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival,” because that’s how “marketing” works in Central Florida.

The stolen balloon came from Indiana, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, who announced the discovery on Facebook, while mentioning that they are not “full of ‘hot air.'”

The owner didn’t want to press charges, they just wanted their balloon back.

It wasn’t clear why the stolen balloon was being featured in a balloon festival, but this is Florida, so there’s that.

Hot air balloons can cost upwards of $20,000, and that’s not even including inflation.

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