There is always concern about balloon-crowded skies leading to a crash, which has happened several times in the past at other events. To prevent this, the balloons were organized in 3.8-mile long (6km long) parallel lines, and the festival carried on without a hitch.

Philippe Buron-Pilatre, organizer of the semi-annual Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons festival, told TIME, that “a new page in ballooning history has been written.”

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