Macy's parade balloon hits tree; no injuries

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A balloon has blown into a tree and popped at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but no one was injured.

An Associated Press reporter was on hand as a gust of wind carried a candy-cane balloon into a branch around 10:30 a.m. near the start of the parade route on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The candy cane was smaller than the parade's signature giant balloons.

Police quickly cleared the deflated balloon out of the way, and the parade continued.

In 2005, a giant balloon caught an unexpected gust of wind and struck a lamppost in Times Square, injuring two people. Since then, the parade has been accident-free.