Three missing after hot-air balloon catches fire while airborne in Virginia

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DOSWELL, Va. (WTVR) — A hot-air balloon accident was reported Friday night at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival. Police confirmed a balloon hit a power line and that a pilot and at least two passengers remain missing.

The accident was first reported by Facebook viewers. Police confirmed they received a call at 7:56 p.m. Right now there are still no confirmed injuries or fatalities, and state police are searching two different sites for debris. State police say they are going to search throughout the night.

The incident is reported to have happened near Carmel Church Road.

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The balloon went up with two others that safely landed, but when it approached to land, it caught on fire after hitting the power lines.

After that witnesses reported hearing two explosions and that the gondola separated from the balloon that continued upward.

The inaugural Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival was supposed to run through the weekend, but has been cancelled following this incident.

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