A misfired fuse about the size of a pen thwarted a French daredevil's third attempt to skydive from space, his team says.
When Michel Fournier's massive helium balloon launched without him early Tuesday morning, the launch team said a "freak accident" caused some equipment to strike the ground.
That triggered a small explosion and separated the balloon from the capsule and its parachutes, spokeswoman Francine Gittins told a room packed with reporters and Fournier's supporters late Tuesday afternoon.
Balloon takes off without daredevil, Calgary Herald, 28 May 2008
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