Barney BalloonIt’s not surprising this video went viral – it’s pretty suspenseful! Listen as the crown howls and screams as they watch this Barney Balloon swerve back and forth – the winds so strong during the 1997 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade that the handlers could no longer control it.

Eventually, the Barney strikes a streetlamp and suffers a debilitating blow.

Strong winds and floundering balloons can be seriously scary stuff.  In 1997, a Cat in the Hat balloon slammed into a metal pole – the woman underneath was hit by a piece of the lamp, leaving her in a coma for almost a month. In 2005, an M&M balloon knocked over a streetlight, injuring two.