They attacked after watching the party land safely on the edge of a sprawling housing estate near Richmond in Sheffield.
The balloonists were ordered to hand over a camcorder and camera they were carrying. Brian Cartledge, a miner from Alfreton, Derbyshire, was hit with a bottle and suffered a broken nose when he refused to comply. Others clung to the camcorder and filmed their attackers.
Last night a boy of 16 was being questioned by police.