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Wayward Balloon Injures Two at Macy's Thanksgiving Parade


Two spectators were injured Thursday at a parade in New York when a huge balloon went out of control, knocking part of a lamp post down on the victims.

A woman, 26, and a girl, 11, were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The wayward balloon was part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, an American tradition since 1924.

The Macy's parade features many huge balloons, which are made to resemble cartoon characters and are guided down the streets by dozens of people hanging onto ropes.

It is the second such recent accident for the parade. Back in 1997, a balloon seriously injured a woman when a "Cat in the Hat" balloon was caught by high winds and knocked over a lamppost.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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