4 Hurt in S. California Hot Air Balloon Explosion

Officials say a hot air balloon exploded after landing in Southern California wine country leaving four people hospitalized, one of them with severe burns.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Four people were injured when a hot air balloon made a crash landing and exploded.  It is reported that severe burns to one of the passengers was the most significant injury sustained.  Hot air balloon rides are common in many parts of California including the wine countries near Temecula, Santa Barbara and Napa.  It will be significant to note any findings from investigations following this incident to see if either pilot error or mechanical problems caused the flame igniter to malfunction in this case.

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