A publicity stunt arranged by Ron Paul supporters brought traffic to a halt earlier this week, when a hot air balloon trailing the candidates name, had to be deflated.
In an incident that shows Ron Paul's supporters can bring traffic to a standstill, chaos hit South Carolina Highway Interstate 85 earlier this week. Drivers distracted by a hot air balloon trailing a Ron Paul banner slowed down, causing a four-mile traffic jam.
WYFF4 reported that the balloon was piloted by Remus Toppeta of Greer. South Carolina Highway Patrol had to ask Greer to take the balloon down as it was causing a potential hazard. Greer received a ticket for improper lane use.
Supporters of Ron Paul quickly deflated the balloon when asked to do so. According to theTravelers Tribune two Ron Paul supporters "came to the Upstate to raise awareness about the Paul campaign." The Daily Mail quoted one of those responsible saying 'We didn't think it was causing too much danger."