The U.S. Open golf championship kicked off today, and in what is hopefully not a sign of things to come, the event’s blimp caught fire and plummeted to the ground in an inferno.
A number of spectators took to Twitter to disseminate videos of the fiery crash, with some on social media reporting that the blimp conductors were forced to parachute from the airship as it fell from the skies over the course.
— Drez (@AaronDrez) June 15, 2017
— madison seigworth (@msiggyy) June 15, 2017
The blimp crash was far from the course but the smoke that rose above the trees afterwards was terrifying.
— Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) June 15, 2017
The Golf Channel reported that an emergency crew was on the scene:
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) June 15, 2017
Despite the crash, the Open is continuing as planned. Held on the Erin Hills course in Wisconsin, the championship is (as of writing) being led by 28-year-old American golfer Rickie Fowler.
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