Dankaur Police recovered the Iron Man balloon from a canal near Bhatta Parsaul village in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
Noida Police with the Iron Man balloon (Picture Courtesy: Twitter @saurabh3vedi)
Residents of Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh were in for a surprise as they woke up to the sight of a strange figure soaring in the sky on Saturday morning. Large crowds followed the colourful unidentified object as it made its way through Dankaur area and eventually landed in a canal near Bhatta Parsaul village.
What some thought was an “alien” owing to its strange form and colour turned out to be an air-filled balloon in the shape of Marvel superhero ‘Iron Man’. The anxiety that gripped bystanders in Dankaur subsided only after Greater Noida Police intervened and confirmed that the strange object was indeed a balloon filled with air.
Dankaur Station House Officer (SHO) Anil Kumar Pandey told news agency PTI, “It was a balloon filled with air that had gone up in the sky and later came down and got stuck in the bushes along the canal. A part of the balloon was touching the flowing water in the canal which had led the balloon to shake a little. Unbeknown to the spectators, this made for an anxious watch.”
“It was shaped like the Ironman (fictional superhero character) given its colour and design. This was an unusual sight so some people even thought it was an alien, or something like that, and were apprehensive,” PTI quoted SHO Pandey as saying. The police officer also added that one of the major reasons why the balloon turned into a spectacle was its unusual shape.
The ‘Iron Man’ balloon was fished out sometime around noon on Saturday from a canal near Bhatta Parsaul village. Reports suggest it may have landed in the canal after losing its gas where hundreds gathered to catch a glimpse of the ‘alien’.