Charges: Man fired bowling balls out of cannon on Fourth of July


A western Wisconsin man celebrated Fourth of July by shooting bowling balls from a cannon, damaging property and potentially killing a horse.

The Pioneer Press reports Ricky Thorne, 65, of Spring Valley, is now facing charges, after one of the balls shot through the roof of a neighboring barn as he attended an Independence Day party in New Richmond.

A horse was also found dead from a head wound in a nearby pasture the same day the damage to the barn was discovered, but police have been unable to establish a direct connection between the death and the cannon fire, the newspaper notes.

FOX 9 spoke to the barn and horse owner, Lisa Kroll, who said that several bowling balls and bowling pins landed on her property during the barrage, and is convinced her horse was killed by a flying object.

She said the horse was worth $10,000 and there was an estimated $4,000 in damage to her barn.

According to the TV station, St. Croix County Attorney said: "Been prosecuting 34 years, this is the first case we've had where someone was shooting bowling balls out of a cannon."

The New Richmond News reports Thorne has been charged with one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and misdemeanor negligent handling of a weapon.

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