Left: Artist's rendition of the explosion
(Toledo, OH) Residents in the vicinity of Secor and Laskey were startled by a loud explosion Friday morning that resembled a gunshot.
The cause of the loud noise was an over-inflated basketball, which - when being bounced on a resident's driveway - suddenly erupted at about 11:41 am.
"Holy crap, that was loud!" said one participant, identified only as "Mischievous Son on Vacation."
Neighbors near the explosion, however, did not particularly share the glee of the hoopsters, nor did a local historian ensconced in research at the time.
"I swear to God, there will come a day of reckoning," said the unidentified writer. "They, too, will one day have children, and the cycle will continue."
There were no reported injuries among the teens from either the explosion or by the irate parents of the hyperinflators. Investigators point to the removal of the basketball's outer leather layer as a primary cause in the explosion.