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Hot air balloons launch in Bristol to start four-day festival

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More than 60 balloons launched at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court estate on August 12 in Bristol, England. More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the international four-day hot-air ballooning event which should see hundreds of balloons take to the skies. The event, which started in 1978, now attracts balloon teams from as far as the United States, Dubai, France and Switzerland and runs until Sunday.

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Hot-air balloons fly over the city center during the early morning mass assent on August 12.

 England has seen a lot of news lately, and not good news. I thought it was time for some pretty pictures of hot air balloons this Friday afternoon.