Weather balloon causes a stir in NH

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August 31, 2012, 10:55 pm
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(NECN: Julie Loncich) - You might say 14-year-old Jack Miron has a vivid imagination. But he says he never could have imagined his 8th grade science project would garner so much attention.

"I used lots of YouTube videos and stuff online," said Jack.

Last Sunday, the Bedford N.H. middle schooler launched a pretty impressive weather balloon.

"We tied off the balloon, made sure it was secure and then we just went rocketing up like it was shot out of a catapult," said Jack.

It took weeks to research and construct.

"They found it on the Internet," explained Jack.

Just when the conditions were right, he and his family gathered and watched it soar high above, with a camera and GPS inside tracking it's journey for a while. However, at altitudes of more than 100,000 feet in the air it stopped working and then it fell, landing some 10 miles away in nearby Manchester - right in Sean Toland's driveway.

"To be honest with you, I didn't know what to make of it. I had no idea what I was looking at. I was blown away. That's not something you see every day," said Toland.

Toland was so bewildered, so befuddled by the box, the beeping that he called the police.

"That made me a little concerned," said Toland.

"Yeah, that's hilarious. It's just so funny," said Jack.

Of course, had Toland turned the Styrofoam box wrapped in duck tape, yellow caution tape and a NASA sticker, he would have seen Jack's contact information - but Jack and Toland wouldn't have this tale to tell.

"I'm really excited for him. I hope he wins the science project, I really do," said Toland. "I couldn't imagine anyone doing anything better than that."

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