"Oh my god" I said, "And you were just watching?"
"Yeah. We were just standing on the hill there watching and then this all happened. It was terrible. I don't know if that guy is going to live or not".
I remembered that, as I sat at my kitchen table reading earlier that morning, the power had gone off for several minutes, and I knew that it had to have been from the hot air balloon hitting the power line. The next day, the news carried a photo and story of the fiery accident. Later, I learned that the man who had been so badly electrocuted had lost his arm, but was alive.