SEE: Hot air balloon crash-lands into crowd at Missouri festival

A hot air balloon, similar to the ones pictured here, amde a hard landing at a festival in Missouri Saturday evening, scaring spectators and  injuring a young girl.

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A hot air balloon, similar to the ones pictured here, amde a hard landing at a festival in Missouri Saturday evening, scaring spectators and injuring a young girl.

Crowds at a festival in Hannibal, Missouri, screamed and scattered Saturday as a hot air balloon quickly descended toward spectators, knocking several to the ground and injuring at least one person, according to news outlets.

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It happened at the Hannibal Bicentennial Celebration when an "experienced balloonist" tried to land, KHQA-TV reported.

He ended up smashing into several spectators, bouncing off the ground and grazing a tree before bringing the balloon under control.

A young girl suffered minor injuries.

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"Thankfully, there were no serious injuries, and the event continued," the festival committee said in a statement, CNN reported.

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