Police Look into Possibility of 'Balloon Boy' Hoax

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Colorado officials say they will look into allegations that a balloon scare involving a storm chasing family was a hoax, even though there is no evidence currently to support the claims.

Former weather man Richard Heene called police after he thought his 6-year-old son, Falcon, was inside a weather balloon that had floated away from their back yard.

Authorities released the 911 call made by the frantic father. Click here to listen.

The call led to nationwide news coverage as helicopters followed the balloon for more than two hours. It turned out the boy was not in the balloon, but was instead at home in the attic all along.

When asked by his father during an interview why he didn't come out of hiding when he heard his name called, Falcon responded, "You had said that we did this for a show."

That comment sparked claims that the ordeal may have been a hoax-- accusations the family has denied.

"I went through such a roller coaster of emotions yesterday," Heene said. "To have people say that, I think is extremely pathetic."

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden also said there's no indication that the Heene's made the story up.

"We believe at this time that it was a real event. Certainly people are free to speculate," he said in a news conference Friday.

Heene also released a video of the accidental launch of the balloon to show his initial shocked reaction.

The family has been in the spotlight before surrounding their interest in weather, including appearances on the ABC show Wife Swap.

Officials say they plan to re-interview family members and others during their investigation.

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