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Horse found dead after man shoots bowling ball out of cannon


A Wisconsin man is now facing the consequences following a bizarre incident involving bowling balls, bowling pins and a makeshift cannon, on the Fourth of July.

Police say 65-year-old Ricky Thorne started firing bowling balls out of a homemade cannon, while at his sister’s home in New Richmond, to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.

One of those balls went through the roof of Lisa Kroll’s barn – about 1/2 mile away. Others landed just a few feet from several of her horses and a camper trailer, where she had guests staying.

Kroll told Fox 9 that she found a half dozen balls and pins on her property. The worst casualty of all, however, was a 10-month old horse that was killed after suffering a head wound, Kroll thinks, from one of the bowling balls.

Kroll believes this could’ve ended a lot worse and she avoided a tragedy. “At least it was a horse not a human, but it was a very nice horse that got killed, very unfortunate,” she said.

Kroll told the local station that the horse was worth $10,000 and the damage to her barn was estimated at $4,000. The local DA’s office says they’ve never seen a case like this, ever.

Thorne admitted to police that he shot 10 balls and pins from his sister’s home. He’s now charged with recklessly endangering safety and negligent handling of a weapon.

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