Flying Christmas tree sought by Kelowna cops

Small tree attached to helium balloons prompts warning call to airport.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying Christmas tree.

Kelowna RCMP say what started as a prank to impress friends went awry Sunday when a woman attached helium balloons to a 1 1/2-metre tall Christmas tree as part of a scavenger hunt event but the tree got away from her, prompting a call to Kelowna’s airport warning officials there that a floating tree was headed its way. No problems were reported at the airport as a result of the airborne evergreen.

According to police, the woman said she attached the balloon launching system to the tree to impress her friend and did not mean for it to get away.

The 7.25-kilogram tree, which took off from a parking near Baron Road around 5 p.m., had not been seen or located as of Monday morning, leading police to believe it may have landed somewhere without incident.