Mumbai: Airport objects mystery solved, two held for releasing balloons

 Mumbai Police on Tuesday solved the mystery of the 'unknown floating objects' over the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which have been identified as advertising balloons and detained two people in connection with the incident, officials said.

Mumbai: Mumbai Police on Tuesday solved the mystery of the 'unknown floating objects' over the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which have been identified as advertising balloons and detained two people in connection with the incident, officials said.

The duo is employed with an event management company and accused of releasing at least four-five balloons in the vicinity of the Mumbai airport on Saturday evening, which resulted in a major security scare after they were spotted by a Jet Airways pilot prior to take-off.

"We have registered case of negligence against them and are probing whether they had the requisite permissions for releasing these air balloons in a high security zone," a police official said.

The balloons, which were mistaken for UFOs and triggered probes by multiple agencies and immense media speculation, were released on behalf of a diamond export company as a marketing gimmick during a sponsored cricket match held that day at the Kalina grounds, close to the airport.

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