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High winds crash blimp

October 22, 2002

Lowndes County - Strong winds and fierce rain bring a surprise to Dick and Ann Davis.

"I looked up because the rain was coming in and all I could see was that blimp heading towards our house," said Ann Davis. "All I could do was scream."

The Davis' had never even seen a blimp flying near the area, much less crashing into their yard.

"The more he got up in the air, the more the wind whipped him closer this way, until it finally threw him up against that tree," said Dick Davis.

The severe weather forced "Snoopy One's" pilot to land immediately, aiming for the Valdosta Airport but instead, coming to rest in Dick and Ann's backyard.

"First I asked him if he was hurt and then called 911," said Ann. "Not two seconds later, here came the deputies running through the carport."

Dick and Anne say they've never had such excitement at their quiet country home, and hope they won't see anything like it ever again.

posted at 3:00PM by ashley.harper@walb.com