Hot air balloon makes emergency landing at women’s prison, causes lockdown

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Photo: Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

WILSONVILLE, Oregon — A hot air balloon sent a women’s prison into lockdown on Thursday morning.

According to FOX 12 Oregon, the balloon touched down in the parking lot at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. The prison went into a modified lockdown and inmates were forced to stay in their holding cells for a short time.

Officials said this was not a prison escape attempt. The balloon took off as part of the annual Tigard Balloon Festival at Cook Park and had to find somewhere to land.

The medium security prison has a capacity for 1,759 inmates. FOX 12 reports they are all accounted for.

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