Balloons fired up at the White Sands National Monument

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – There was a lot of hot air Saturday morning at the White Sands National Monument.

People gathered in the sand and watched balloonists fire up the colorful balloons for a fun-filled festival.

While they weren’t able to get off the ground, people got to learn about how they work.

Balloonists say it was about safety first.

If you missed the day’s festivities, you can still see the balloons at the Balloon Fiesta starting October 7. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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