Google balloon crash causes panic

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Actually, it was a balloon.

But the crash of one of Google’s “Loon” balloons for relaying Internet service was enough to have security forces summoned to a mountain township in central Mexico.

Reports first of a plane crash, then of a skydiver plummeting to earth sent soldiers, state police and civil defense workers swarming into the remote area Thursday. They found one of the huge, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google is using to carry antennas to deliver online access in remote areas.

Veracruz state civil defense spokesman Manuel Escalera says people in the town of Texhuacan initially thought the big object that plunged to the ground was a plane crashing. Then the shape of the balloon made them think it was a parachutist.

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