Woodbury police again asking parents to warn kids about dangers of Nerf Wars

Police are warning parents about the dangers of the popular game.
Publish date:

Spring has sprung and the warmer temperatures mean kids are getting back outside to play, but not all games are condoned by police – among them "Nerf Wars."

The popular Nerf gun game is once again becoming a public nuisance, prompting police complaints in Woodbury.

Woodbury PD sent a letter to South Washington County School District saying it's already received 911 calls reporting teens driving recklessly, shooting Nerf guns from vehicles and even teens jumping out of moving vehicle while playing the game. 

The letter notes that there have been several vehicle crashes as a result of teens playing the game in past years. 

"We have received complaints of trespassing, disorderly conduct, and suspicious behavior in neighborhoods and at businesses," the letter says. "While it's a game, an unsuspecting bystander who catches a glimpse of what looks like a firearm can cause a great deal of alarm. A person being chased down by another looks like an assault.

"Other communities have experienced horrible tragedies related to Nerf Wars as a result of dangerous behavior. Woodbury Police will enforce laws and ordinances to keep our community safe. If your student is playing this year, we ask that you talk with them."

Subscribe: Get our top stories emailed through Bring Me The Newsletter

An ongoing problem

Warnings about Nerf Wars have become a common theme in Woodbury and other metro cities.

In April 2017, police sent a letter to the public saying Nerf Wars were causing a "major public safety concern" with numerous complaints received from neighbors, drivers and business owners. In April 2016, police were called to a park in Woodbury around midnight on a complaint of 20-30 cars driving around in circles with students yelling at each other while playing the game. Police arrived and found 10-15 cars full of kids, who were told to leave the closed park. 

Communities throughout the metro have dealt with the dangers of the game. 

Last May, Waconia School District Superintendent Pat Devine encouraged parents to talk to their children about the seriousness of the game after three students were injured in a crash. 

"It's really a dangerous game, so I would have the conversation with your child and see if they happen to be partaking," Devine said. "They can really sell it as a pretty innocent game, but it's about chasing around in vehicles and shooting Nerf at each other, so it's really unsafe."

Last March, Prior Lake High School called on parents to help put an end to Nerf Wars after a rash of reports of students driving recklessly, fighting in school parking lots and making threats on social media. 

In December 2015, two high school students from Lakeville who were involved in a game of Nerf Wars died when they were thrown from a vehicle in a one-vehicle crash. A pickup truck they were in was carrying four teens when it rolled on 225th St. near Dodd Blvd. in the south metro city. 

Next Up


Authorities investigate fatal Bloomington house fire

One person has been reported dead in the fire.

Minneapolis skyline

New tool helps Minneapolis homeowners disavow racial covenants in deeds

A new free program connects homeowners with the City Attorney's office to complete the process

Kyle Rudolph

Watch: Vikings create tribute video for Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph's 10-year tenure with the Vikings ended when he was released on Tuesday.

Zach Parise

Wild scratch Zach Parise for Wednesday's game vs. Vegas

Parise will be a healthy scratch for the second time in his 16-year career.

shawn myers 1

Charges: Windham hospital patient threatened to kill staff, spit on them

Shawn Myers is charged with felony terroristic threats.

kaplans tiktok

Minnesota grandparents go viral for 'distancing duo' songs on TikTok

Their most recent duet about getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has gotten more than 67,000 likes.

CHS Field

Start of St. Paul Saints season delayed to May

Major League Baseball says it's being 'prudent' in delaying the minor league season.

caribou beyond meat sandwich

Caribou Coffee is the latest to add plant-based meat to its menu

The plant-based protein market is exploding, expected to reach $74.2 billion in the next six years.


After Waconia crash, Nerf wars are canceled for the rest of 2018

Waconia Superintendent Pat Devine says the game is very dangerous.

Student's threat prompts Cloquet schools to increase police presence

The student told police that the threat was a joke.

Thousands of pieces of mail, stolen guns, car recovered in Woodbury bust

The mail thieves stole from all over the metro, police say.

Twin Cities school district calls for end to 'Nerf wars'

It's leading to criminal activity in Prior Lake and Savage.

Woodbury police looking for porch pirate caught on camera

Package thefts rise during the holiday season.

Flynn price

Driver in 2015 'Nerf Wars' tragedy in Lakeville dies unexpectedly

One of the two lawsuits against Lakeville schools has been dropped as a result.