Giant ‘Minions’ balloon escapes and stops traffic in Dublin

The 12m inflatable knocked a wing mirror off one driver's car

A giant Minions balloon escaped from its restraints and managed to stop traffic in Dublin yesterday.

After flying loose from its pinned position, the promotional inflatable – which had a height of around 12m (40ft) according to eye witnesses – made a crash landing on a road in north Dublin’s Santry district, where it proceeded to cause temporary traffic problems.

Fortunately no one was injured by the balloon, though one driver had a wing mirror knocked off his car as it landed. Local police were then called, before the balloon was deflated and taken away in a wheelbarrow. One passer-by described the incident on Twitter as a “dispicable (sic) breach of public health & safety”.

“I’m not sure how it got loose but I just saw it coming loose and flying across the road as we were driving,” eyewitness Erin Van Londen told local newspaper The Journal. “We got quite a shock. Luckily it didn’t seem to cause much damage.”

The Minions made their debut in 2010’s computer-animated smash Despicable Me before returning in 2013’s even more successful Despicable Me 2. Their spin-off film, simply titled Minions, opened in cinemas this June and has taken over $854m (£547m) at the global box office.