Man flies over Canadian city in a chair, arrested

Toronto, July 7 (IANS) A man has been arrested for flying over the Canadian city of Calgary on a chair, strapped to more than a 100 helium-filled balloons, in a scene straight out of the computer-animated film “Up”.

Calgary police said Daniel Boria, 26, was arrested and charged with mischief, causing danger to life.

In a press conference on Monday, the police said Boria used a parachute to land, spraining his ankle in the process.

Boria was released on a C$1,200 (nearly $950) bail and will appear before a judge on July 13, Efe news agency reported.

Police said the incident was a publicity stunt for his cleaning products company.

According to the Calgary Sun daily, the chair used by Boria was found some 65 km south of Calgary.

Speaking to the newspaper, Boria said he did not know what height he managed to reach, but at one point he was flying over a Boeing 747 airplane.

“It was the most surreal experience you can ever imagine,” he exclaimed.

Boria’s stunt on Sunday coincided with the celebration of the Calgary Stampede, considered the world’s largest rodeo event and attended by a million people annually.

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