Balloon Mishap Officially Declared a Hoax: 'These People are Actors'

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Our long national Balloon Boy nightmare, well, continues, as Larimer County, CO Sheriff Jim Alderden declared the entire thing to be a hoax and a publicity stunt by two people who suspiciously "met in acting school in Hollywood." After fooling Richard Heene into appearing at the Sheriff's office with the old "Come and pick up your flying saucer" trick, officials swarmed in and talked to the family separately, which helped them to determine that charges needed to be filed. "These people are actors...they put on a very good show for us, and we bought it," the Sheriff said this afternoon in a speech that seemed suddenly focused on covering the asses of the first responders rather than the family. The Screen Actors Guild has yet to comment on the Sheriff's remarks. [AP]