LAS VEGASA hot air balloon operator was forced to make an emergency landing near the Lakes community Thursday morning, Las Vegas Metro police said.

Rissa Stevens was out walking her dog when she saw the balloon touch down next to a home near Desert Inn Road and Durango Drive.

The balloon sat on the ground and did not appear to have sustained serious damage. After a few moments, it was deflated.

About half a dozen people were in the balloon’s basket, police said. No one was injured, police said.

Doug Campbell, owner of D & R Balloons, said that although the balloon landed in a residentialarea, it was not an emergency landing.

He said the wind changed direction as the balloon was heading back toward Las Vegas, so the decision was made to land in an empty desert lot.

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