UPDATE: 13 arrests and 4 injuries in Chagrin Falls Pumpkin Roll
Mike Vielhaber, newsnet5.com
2:58 AM, Oct 29, 2013
10:07 AM, Oct 29, 2013
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - A Northeast Ohio tradition ended early Tuesday morning with four teens injured and 13 people behind bars.
Among those arrested during the Chagrin Falls Pumpkin Roll: three 18-year-olds set to appear in court November 20. All of the arrests were for underage drinking, according to Chagrin Falls Police.
Two injured people were transported by ambulance to local hospitals. One had slammed into a car on her way down Grove Hill. Another consumed too much alcohol. Two others were treated on the scene for their injuries.
Each year since 1969, hundreds of Chagrin Falls High School juniors and seniors collect hundreds, if not thousands, of pumpkins, rolling and smashing them on North Main Street, also known as Grove Hill.
It happens each year a few days before Halloween. The exact date is a closely guarded secret but each year police set barricades and some parents stand at the bottom of the hill watching the event and taking pictures.
This year's roll started just after midnight. Once the pumpkins have coated the hill with their slimy insides, the kids slide down the hill. This year, students used the sleds, snowboards and even trash can lids.
The roll ended at 12:45 a.m with the kids walking home and leaving the mess for the street department to clean up.
Police also issued tickets for illegal dumping to those who brought the pumpkins to the hill.