U.S. Open blimp crashes after catching fire

Videos posted by attendees at the U.S. Open show a blimp crashing to the ground after apparently catching fire.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is responding to the crash, CBS affiliate WDJT-TV reports. At least one person is injured, officials said.

Witnesses reported seeing the blimp catch fire and crew members parachuting out.

Twitter users posted clips showing the blimp falling from the sky near the golf tournament, which is being held at Erin Hills Golf Course in Hartford, Wisconsin:

Jeff Alstadter, a spokesman for the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) tells CBS News officials were still gathering information about the crash. 

The blimp is operated by AirSign, an advertising firm, the company confirmed to WDJT. PenFed Credit Union was the blimp’s sponsor for the tournament, which got underway Thursday.

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