April 29, 2014 1:04 pm

Beer blimp that broke free in Saint John found tangled in trees

ABOVE: Raw video of the Budweiser beer blimp as it broke loose at an event in Saint John over the weekend and floated away.

SAINT JOHN – Labatt Breweries says it has found a 21-metre promotional blimp that broke free from a tether in New Brunswick and later crashed in the woods northeast of Saint John.

Company spokesman Wade Keller says information from a local resident helped guide a small, private plane to the crash site.

Keller says the partially deflated balloon is tangled in trees on private property.

The company hasn’t yet said when or how it plans to retrieve it.

The two-storey balloon broke free on Saturday at about 2 p.m. as it was being lowered due to gusting winds.

The helium-filled blimp has nothing on board other than lights.

Flight officials in Moncton and Saint John were warned about the balloon, and Transport Canada issued warnings to pilots in southern New Brunswick.

*with files from Global News reporter Shelley Steeves

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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