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Balloon Boy Falcon Heene 911 Call Released

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Photo: "Balloon boy" Falcon Heene.

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) A 911 call from 6-year-old "balloon boy" Falcon Heene's home has been obtained by CBS News.

911 Call From Parents of "Balloon Boy"
Photos: The Bizarre "Balloon Boy" Incident

In the call, the boy's parents, Mayumi Heene and Richard Heene, sound frantic.

Mayumi Heene cries softly as she begs the 911 operator for someone "to get my son."

There is also a bizarre dialogue where Mayumi Heene explains that her son vanished in a flying saucer about 20 minutes before the call. The 911 operator tries to ascertain if there is a tracking device.

Later, Richard Heene comes on the phone to explain how the balloon works. "We had it tethered. It wasn't supposed to take off," he said. "It emits a million volts on the outer skin."

The Heene family's plight reached national attention Thursday when several television networks televised live shots of a silver weather balloon streaking through the sky. Richard and Mayumi Heene believed their son was trapped in it and in mortal danger. It later turned out he was hiding in the attic.

The disappearance and sudden discovery of the boy have raised questions about whether it was all an elaborate attention-getting stunt orchestrated by the Heenes, who have appeared in ABC's Wife Swap twice, or simply a bizarre case of a child who ran away and hid after getting spooked by a scolding from his father.

Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said authorities do not believe at this point if it was a hoax but he would meet with investigators Friday to decide whether to look into the matter further. Asked during an impromptu news conference outside his house whether the incident was a stunt, Richard Heene said: "That's horrible. After the crap we just went through. No. No, no, no."

911 Call From Parents of "Balloon Boy"
Photos: The Bizarre "Balloon Boy" Incident

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