BLACKFOOT, Idaho (July 15, 2014) A pilot who dropped 3,000 ping pong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd that gathered for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate highway.
Organizers immediately called off the contest.
Aaron Moon and helpers on Saturday told revelers at Blackfoot Pride Days in Blackfoot, Idaho, not to try to retrieve the ping pong balls because of the risk posed by the high-speed traffic.
The crowd was told that organizers still planned to pass out the prizes.
Most of the ping pong balls could have been exchanged for candy, but some were redeemable for gift certificates worth as much as $100.
The pilot who attempted the drop this year was new to the promotion and evidently didn’t realize that ping pong balls lose speed quickly and drop straight down.
No charges were expected, Blackfoot Police Chief Kurt Asmus said, but police plan to work with organizers next year to avoid a repeat of Saturday’s incident.