Ohio woman, 94, wakes up to blimp in yard

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Associated Press

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 14 at 11:34 AM

WORTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — A 94-year-old Ohio woman says she didn't realize a breakaway blimp had landed in her backyard during the night until police knocked on her door.

The 128-foot-long blimp broke free of its moorings at a Columbus airport during strong winds early Sunday and drifted to the sky. It came down in Lillian Bernhagen's backyard in Worthington, less than two miles from the airport, Ohio State University's Don Scott airfield. No one was aboard.

Bernhagen says she heard a bang while she was in bed but didn't think much of it because forecasters had warned of stormy weather overnight. She says she was stunned when she saw the remnants of the white and blue blimp covering half her backyard.

Crews were taking apart the blimp Sunday morning.

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155-a-14-(Lt. Rudy Zupanc, spokesman, Ohio State Patrol, in AP interview)-"called it in"-Ohio State Patol spokesman Lt. Rudy Zupanc says a neighbor alerted police to the blimp. (14 Aug 2011)

<<CUT *155 (08/14/11)>> 00:14 "called it in"

156-a-10-(Lt. Rudy Zupanc, spokesman, Ohio State Patrol, in AP interview)-"of this home"-Ohio State Patrol spokesman Lt. Rudy Zupanc says the blimp didn't travel very far. (14 Aug 2011)

<<CUT *156 (08/14/11)>> 00:10 "of this home"

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