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Oops: Pilot drops 3,000 ping-pong balls on highway

BLACKFOOT, Idaho – A pilot who dropped 3,000 ping-pong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd assembled for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate.

Organizers immediately called off the contest. Aaron Moon and helpers on Saturday told revelers at Blackfoot Pride Days not to risk retrieving the ping-pong balls amid high-speed traffic because organizes still planned to pass out the prizes.

Most of the ping-pong balls could have been exchanged for candy, but some were worth gift certificates up to $100.

Moon said a new pilot attempted the drop this year, but apparently didn’t understand that ping-pong balls lose speed quickly and drop straight down.

Blackfoot Police Chief Kurt Asmus told the Idaho State Journal ( that no charges are planned, but police plan to work with organizers next year.