Farmer Cleared In US Open Blimp Threat

6/21/17 – Washington County sheriff’s deputies say a landowner made an apparent “vague threat” against an advertising blimp, two hours before it crashed at the U-S Open golf tournament. But after meeting with the man, officers were convinced he was not a threat — and foul play is not suspected in last Thursday’s incident. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of the blimp about one mile from where the national pro golf major was being played near Hartford. Pilot Trevor Thompson was seriously burned as panels ripped from the blimp’s side before it fell. On Tuesday, deputies said a nearby landowner complained that the blimp’s noise was scaring his farm animals — and he asked if he could “shoot it down,” but officers were convinced that the man was just being sarcastic.