UPDATE: Colo. Boy Safe; Turns Out He Never Left The Ground : The Two-Way Six-year-old floats away from family's Colorado home in balloon -- it was thought.
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UPDATE: Colo. Boy Safe; Turns Out He Never Left The Ground

(7 p.m. ET: As you'll see below, all's well that ends well. The news that captured the nation's attention this afternoon -- that a six-year-old Colorado boy might have been carried aloft by his family's homemade balloon -- ended several hours later when he was found at home, hiding in a box. Just click the "play" button in the box below to see our minute-by-minute coverage and the hundreds of comments from other Two-Way readers who were watching the story unfold).

(5:30 p.m. ET: If you're just catching up, there's still no sign of the six-year-old boy who reportedly took off in a helium balloon that soared over Fort Collins, Colo., and surrounding counties for more than two hours before touching down. Scroll down to the box below and click "play" to see our latest coverage.)

(4 p.m. ET: A lot has obviously happened since this post first went up. Now, the balloon is on the ground but there's no sign of the boy who was said to be inside. Scroll down to our Cover It Live Player below to follow the news as it happens.)

By Mark Memmott

A six-year-old boy is said to be floating above Larimer County, Colo., right now in an experimental aircraft that looks like a flying saucer.

KUSA-TV in Denver is in the air tracking the craft and is webcasting here. According to the station, the boy is floating aboard what amounts to a large helium balloon, attached to some kind of basket, that floated away from his family's home in Fort Collins.

The Denver Post says rescuers are chasing it.

We'll keep an eye on the story.

Update at 2:44 p.m. ET: The Coloradoan in Fort Collins reports that:

According to the Larimer County Sheriff's Department, the 6-year-old boy's family had been building an experimental aircraft which had a large helium balloon attached at their home on Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Collins.

On Thursday morning, according to the family and officials, the boy got onto the aircraft and detached the rope holding it in place.

The aircraft is described by the sheriff's office as a dome-shaped, 20 foot, 5 foot aircraft covered with foil.

Update at 2:52 p.m. ET. To make it easier to keep up with the story, we'll use the box below. Click "play" and our updates will roll in automatically: