Ted and Gayle Aanensen were walking along the boardwalk Friday evening when they saw hot-air balloons flying across Ocean Grove. They were being launched from the beach and then blown inland by a breeze coming in off the ocean.
Considering the terrible consequences of fires in Ocean Grove, the Aanensens hurried over to see where these balloons were coming from, and hoping to stop whoever was sending them up.
“We found out one of the women was sending her brother’s ashes into the sky and wouldn’t stop as she sent the last white balloon up,” Ted said. “I don’t think she realized the danger that exists here with fires.” The woman launched three balloons in all — two red ones and one white one.
Aanensen took a few pictures, but didn’t get anyone’s name. “Fortunately,” he said, “as far as we could see the balloons did not land in Ocean Grove.” — CL