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Pilot safe after hot-air balloon fell into lake in Livingston County

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A hot-air balloon caught on fire and crashed into a lake in Livingston County after it hit power lines.

A hot-air balloon pilot escaped injury after his balloon struck power lines and fell into a southeastern Michigan lake Sunday.

WXYZ-TV reports fisherman on Thompson Lake in Howell rescued the balloon pilot.

According to one witness, the basket and balloon were on fire after hitting the wires.

Officials with the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest say the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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