Puddles, a hot air balloon in the shape of a penguin that has traveled the world, met its end in Cathedral City on Friday night.
The balloon, which had paired with an identical balloon named Splash, caught fire about 8:45 pm near Date Palm Drive and East Palm Canyon Drive. The owners of Puddles told the Desert Sun that it is a complete loss.
No official word on what may have caused the fire that destroyed Puddles the penguin hot air balloon. https://t.co/U7g90zxtpe
— The Desert Sun (@MyDesert) November 23, 2019
No word on what caused the fire and promoters will continue with the festival all weekend, despite the loss of Puddles.
A unique, exciting and FREE hot air balloon event has been confirmed for Weston this Saturday. As part of #WestonAirFest Exclusive Balloons will be launching Penguins, Puddles and Splash, from Weston Beach (subject to weather conditions) between 8pm & 9pm. pic.twitter.com/A72dsuB15R
— Time Out N Somerset (@TimeoutNS) June 20, 2018