Americans are so afraid of their own shadows that even an abandoned toy raises alarms of evildoer terrorists lurking in our neighborhoods hoping to blow up our precious, precious children. In this case, the genius Orange County Sheriff decided to blow up a mechanical toy horse “just in case.” And they say the terrorists haven’t won!
A “suspicious” toy pony was blown up after it was found abandoned in the middle of a cul-de-sac near an Orange County elementary school this morning.
The FurReal pony, an expensive, life-like toy, was investigated as a possible explosive device after someone called Orange County deputies to report it. A robot inspected the toy before a pack of explosives was placed near the stuffed animal and detonated.
Students at nearby Waterbridge Elementary School were placed on a modified lockdown in which no one was allowed in or out of the building during the investigation. The lockdown was lifted after the pony was blown up.
Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson said the pony was later declared “non-threatening.”
This afternoon, blackened pavement and bits of plastic littering the cul-de-sac on Whisper Glen Court were all that was left of the pony.
via Orlando Sentinel
Oh well, as long as the illusion of safety has been upheld, I guess that’s all that really matters. Here’s a video for your viewing pleasure.
This story sorta reminds me of a photo I took during our trip to Kauai in 2005. We were walking along some volcanic rocks by the beach and I saw this bright pink toy pony, dashed against the rocks, face covered by its neon blue mane. It was hilarious and pathetic, and also one of my favorite photos from the trip!