- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Organizers of an upcoming Maine balloon festival are offering safety information after a weekend hot air balloon crash killed 16 people in Texas.

The Sun Journal (https://bit.ly/2aKUIFV ) reports that the 24th Great Falls Balloon Festival is set to take place Aug. 19, 20 and 21 in Lewiston.

The festival’s website says it only invites pilots who have passed yearly in-flight tests to maintain commercial pilot licenses. The balloons must pass yearly safety inspections that include testing the fuel system.

There have been no deaths since the popular festival started in 1992. A 2011 incident happened when four people were burned from a fire sparked by a fuel line leak.

The State Fire Marshal says the office has worked with Lewiston safety officials to ensure that propane tanks are filled properly.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, https://www.sunjournal.com

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