6. M&M Balloon Tear Leads to Injurious Debris Fall, 2005

Preparations take place on the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route

Here’s another Thanksgiving Day parade balloon whose destruction was caused by high winds: a 515-pound M&M balloon in 2005. While traveling through Times Square, the balloon-tipped towards an office building and caught onto a street light on 43rd street, causing debris to fall and strike two sisters.

Concerns were raised earlier in the parade when some witnesses noticed other balloons swaying, even before the M&M one came along. This prompted a city investigation to adjust parade balloon safety rules that were already in place. Both sisters were pretty seriously hurt; one needed nine stitches at the back of her head. Their compensation? A lifetime supply of M&Ms.