It’s the Great Pumpkin, Peoria! A 25-foot-diameter pumpkin balloon rolls through Arizona town

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Giant inflatable pumpkin rolls through Peoria, Arizona. (via Citylab)

Giant inflatable pumpkin rolls through Peoria, Arizona. (via Citylab)

Yesterday, Peoria, Arizona, was attacked by an unlikely foe: a 25-foot-diameter, 350-pound jack o’ lantern balloon.

The inflatable pumpkin “escaped” from a Halloween display in the Peoria Sports Complex and proceeded to bounce and roll through the town, including multiple traffic lanes and a neighborhood park, where it eventually got stuck.

Officials say that the pumpkin got loose due to strong winds in the area. (Personally, we at AN think it was a copycat performance inspired by the runaway RedBall in Toledo, Ohio). No one was injured, although it did cause street damage at 83rd and Grand Avenues.

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