Byron Center museum raising funds to bring World War II balloon back

The War came to Dorr update

BYRON CENTER, MICH. - People in Byron Center are looking to bring a piece of history back home. 

It's called "Bring our balloon back home" and it's an effort by the Byron Area Historic Museum to bring back a Japanese Fu-Go balloon. 

A fire balloon or Fu-Go is a bomb used by Japan in World War II. The Japanese launched 9,300 balloon bombs, which were supposed to ride the jet stream to the Pacific Northwest. 300 of the balloons were confirmed to have made it to the states. 

This balloon fell in Dorr and was found by two brothers. WZZM 13 did a special Our Michigan Life story about the history of the balloon. Only two  of the balloons made it east of the Mississippi River – both landing in Michigan the other in Farmington Hills. 

Now the Byron Center museum wants the balloon to come home so locals can see how World War II touched down in the small town.

We are told the owner of the balloon, Don Piccard, will sell the balloon, if the museum can come of with the funds. 

The museum announced Friday that it started a kickstarter page and is looking to raise $13,000. The money raised would go towards, transporting the balloon and construction for a display. 

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