A 48-year-old man flew more than 200-miles across the Pacific Northwest over the weekend in a supped-up lawn chair. Kent Couch added about 150-giant-helium-balloons to the chair. His journey across the Oregon desert took about 9-hours and it was reportedly Couch's third balloon trip. He had dozens of volunteers helping to fill-up and attach 6-thousand-dollars worth of helium-balloons to his lawn chair. According to Couch, each balloon could lift 4-pounds of weight. And if you're wondering how the man got his flying device to lower to the ground, he brought along his BB-gun to shoot balloons one-by-one.
While most of the long fourth of July weekend was marked with American celebrations, a few firework mishaps nationally left locals with a different sentiment. A fireworks shell in a northern Iowa town misfired and injured 37 spectators. According to the state fire marshall's office, the fireworks blasted horizontally towards the crowd versus the intended vertical explosion. Officials do not know the cause of this particular accident. Other fireworks accidents include an Ohio occurance where a man lost part of his leg when a firework went-off inside his suv and in New York where a child received second-degree burns from a firework landing in her lap.
Wildfires continue to blaze in Northern California. Containment of the Basic Complex area near Big Sur was last reported to be at 5-percent. As of Monday morning, the fire had burned more than 68-thousand acres of land along the Pacific Coast Highway, and threatens more than 17-hundred homes and 20-commercial properties. Over the past 2-weeks, several fires started by lightning have burned across 500-thousand acres. About 14-hundred-plus residents have been evacuated, and about 20-thousand federal firefighters have been fighting the blaze from Santa Barbara to Big Sur.