Huge 100ft 'grenade' spotted floating above the skies of Gosport

THIS huge ‘hand grenade’ has been spotting drifting through the this morning, leaving residents perplexed and surprised.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 9:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 9:27 am

The 100ft hot air balloon set off earlier this morning and has been cruising above Gosport, Lee-on-the-Solent, Titchfield and Fareham – with people spotting it from as far as the Isle of Wight.

Blue Davies captured the moment the bizarre inflatable took off from from Hill Head this morning.

The 55-year-old, of Lee-on-the-Solent told The News: ‘I was out on my morning run and saw them setting up and by the time I returned to the site they were just taking off.

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‘It was something different to see for sure on our beach.’

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The unusual hot air balloon is part of an advertising stunt by Bloon, the UK’s only inflatable and aerial marketing agency.

The balloon is a giant replica of the logo for sports nutrition brand Grenade.

The 100ft 'Grenade' hot air balloon has been spotted above Gosport this morning. Photo: Facebook/Blue Davies

The inflatable has been touring the UK in recent months.

Previous visits have seen members of the public being urged to share their photos online with tags like #Grenade, #GrenadeEnergy and #YouGotThis for a chance to win some Grenade goodies.

The hot air balloon has already caused a stir on Twitter.

Kirsty Marie wrote: ‘Not everyday a grenade flies above your work #grenade #Titchfield #Fareham.’

The 100ft 'Grenade' hot air balloon as it took off from Lee-on-the-Solent. Photo: Facebook/Blue Davies

Adam Faulkner, from Bloon, said the company’s campaign was trying to bring a smile to people’s faces during lockdown.

He said: ‘At a very difficult time for many Grenade want to spread some positivity and bit of fun around the UK and let everyone know that no matter how difficult things get they will get through.’

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John Gledhill spotted the Grenade as it soared above the Daedalus airfield site. Photo: Facebook/John Gledhill

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Kirsty Marie gives her reaction on Twitter to the hot air balloon