Today's award goes to an irresponsible idiot in Wisconsin.
Lisa Kroll went to feed her horses this summer and found a grease-spotted bowling ball on the floor of her barn and a hole in the ceiling. Out in her pasture she found her 5-month-old horse dead with a lump on its head.
Now, a man from Spring Valley, Wis., faces charges of unsafe use of a homemade cannon and endangering Kroll in the incident. There was not enough evidence to show that the cannon killed the horse.
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Neighbors admitted they had fired eight to 10 bowling balls out of the cannon, as well as eight bowling pins. Kroll said she found three bowling balls and three pins on her property.
When questioned by authorities Thorne apologized, saying he didn’t expect anything fired from it to land on anyone else’s property or to hit anyone’s buildings.
There's more at the link.
One struggles to find words for such stupidity. The charges seem very mild in comparison to the damage done. For a start, why wasn't there 'enough evidence to show that the cannon killed the horse'? What else could have done it?
I've seen several bowling ball cannon in operation (most recently at the Blogorado gathering last year). In every case, they were fired from a position that was at least several hundred yards from any other property or buildings. I'd love to know how far the cannon in this case was sited from the neighbor's property . . . and how much powder they were using in it.