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This Is Why Cleveland Doesn’t Throw Surprise Parties Anymore

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In 1986, the city of Cleveland, Ohio, released 1.5 million balloons into the city sky. The playful bursts of color were great on camera and amused the masses below. The clouds of balloons swirled playfully over the city. Until their masses stopped looking like a great cloud of balloons and more like a technicolor swarm of locusts.

Gusts of wind rose up from the Great Lakes and sent the balloons to the ground causing a full-blown balloon riot.

Two people on the Great Lakes even drowned as a result of the great nightmare of balloons. The coast guards couldn’t fly out to find them because of the mad mess of balloons. Other balloon-related accidents triggered several lawsuits in the city.

It was the last time Cleveland threw itself a surprise party.

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