Charges on the 6-year-old balloon boy's family are pending after the Larimer County Sheriff's Office in Colorado today announced it has determined the incident last week was a publicity stunt.
This was a hoax, said Sheriff Jim Alderden in remarks broadcast on television.
The majority of the country has turned on the Heene family and accused them of making up Thursday's drama for publicity.
According to Alderden charges including a conspiracy charge will be submitted to the district attorney.
The family's son Falcon Heene, was believed to have been inside the helium balloon resembling a UFO flying across the Colorado skies on Thursday afternoon. Falcon was later found safe hiding inside the garage.