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Idiotic pumpkin launch

Published: Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 11:47 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Ah, those pumpkins. We use them for making pumpkin pies, for carving and decorations. Some agritourism places like to launch pumpkins in their fields … which is fun and safe to watch.

However, a pumpkin should never be launched from a pickup truck traveling at 50 miles an hour at a car traveling in the opposite direction going 50 mph. The 10-pound pumpkin that some idiots launched from their truck was moving quickly when it hit a car on Route 12 the night of Sept. 25 between Fox Lake and Spring Grove.

These people thought that it might be fun, but it could have killed the driver of the car. About 2 inches higher and the airbags would have exploded in the driver’s face. Six inches higher, it would have shattered the windshield.

The damage to the car is not minor. The molding in the front of the car was severed by the force. The frame around the radiator was damaged, and the transmission was hit with such force that the car will not shift out of first gear. That’s more than $4,500 in damages.

I sure hope you are bragging to your friends because the schools have been contacted. The police departments in the area were contacted. They may not find your pickup truck, but they will find you because you will not be able to keep quiet. Someone will contact the Spring Grove Police Department and turn you in because that is the responsible thing to do.

Margaret Griffin

Spring Grove

(Editor's note: This letter has been updated to correct the amount in damages to the car.)

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