Smoke on the horizon at Erin Hills, where the 2017 U.S. Open is being held this week.
Reports surfaced on Thursday afternoon that a blimp floating over the U.S. Open at Erin Hills had caught fire and crashed to the ground. Multiple sources on Twitter confirmed the accident with videos and photos showing the blimp falling out of the sky and smoke curling over the horizon.
A GOLF.com staffer at Erin Hills overheard news about the crash from police officers at the tournament, who said that a person aboard the blimp was injured, and that the front of the blimp had deflated before catching on fire. These reports are unconfirmed.
The USGA tweeted the blimp was unaffiliated with the U.S. Open or FOX Sports, and said that the pilot had been injured.
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2017
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the blimp was sponsored by PenFed Credit Union, who tweeted about the blimp’s travels over Erin Hills earlier today.
Stay tuned for updates.
— Mark Rogers (@Markwcm) June 15, 2017
— Ben Engelstad (@BenEngelstad) June 15, 2017
— madison seigworth (@msiggyy) June 15, 2017