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Giant blimp lands in Ohio woman's backyard

August 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 94-year-old Ohio woman found a strange sight in her backyard- a giant blimp.

The 128-foot long blimp was empty when it broke free of its moorings at a Columbus airport during strong winds. It drifted to the sky and landed in Lillian Bernhagen's backyard about 12 miles away.

Bernhagen says she heard a bang while sleeping, but didn't think much of it at first.

"I woke up to the policeman banging on my door," said Bernhagen. "He said 'well you have a blimp in your backyard.' And I said, 'you've got to be kidding me.'"

Bernhagen says the blimp knocked down a small tree and slightly bent a corner awning along her roof, but otherwise didn't do any major damage to her home.

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