Congressman tweets prayers for balloon boy

A Republican member of Congress took to Twitter today to offer his prayers for a boy who allegedly became trapped in a helium balloon that flew away.

The 6-year-old boy reportedly climbed into the large balloon outside his Colorado home, which then became untied and ascended into the air. The balloon recently landed, but the boy was not found inside.

Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.) tweeted his prayers for the boy:

Praying for the safe return of the boy stuck in the balloon in Colorado. Our thoughts are with his family.

Looks like they brought the balloon down safely #saveballoonboy

Reports are now saying that there is no boy inside of the balloon. Our prayers continue for the boy and his family.

Cable news networks cut away from coverage of President Barack Obama's town hall meeting in New Orleans this afternoon to report the story.

Barrett tweeted using his campaign Twitter account; he is running for governor of South Carolina.