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April 3, 2013

Egg drop becomes mass confusion

AMESBURY, Mass. —  

Thousands of children showed up at a community Easter egg hunt with dreams of filling their baskets with goodies. Unfortunately, some left with little more than an apology.  

The Eggdrop-Palooza, which featured a helicopter dropping thousands of candy-filled plastic Easter eggs to be picked up by children, didn’t work out as planned.

More than 5,500 tickets were sold in an advance sale, that didn’t stop thousands of non-ticket holders from arriving at the park, overwhelming parking lots and creating massive traffic jams.

The Easter event, which was planned as a fundraiser to help cancer victims, turned into mass confusion. “Parents surged the field, chaos ensued,” Beecher Grogan, an event organizer, said. “It’s just so unfortunate.”

A check of the Amesbury Police Department’s public log during the event showed multiple 911 calls, including some from parents reporting their child was missing. According to police records, all children were reunited with their parents.

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Details for this story were provided by the Newburyport (Mass.) Daily News.

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