Injuries cut short pumpkin smash-and-slide

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio (AP) - October 28, 2010

In a tradition going back to 1969, juniors and seniors from Chagrin Falls High School near Cleveland take pumpkins to the top of a hilly street, smash them on the pavement and use the mess to slide down on sleds or trash can lids.

A local television station reports that what's known as the pumpkin roll began Thursday morning just after midnight but was brought to an early end by police about 45 minutes later. Officers said there were too many hillside collisions and minor injuries this year.

One student told the television station her leg got caught between three sleds.

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