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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Man exchanges missile launcher for kids' sneakers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Police were hoping for a good turnout at their "Kicks for Guns" sneaker exchange, but they weren't expecting a surface-to-air missile launcher.
An Ocoee man showed up and exchanged the 4-foot-long launcher for size-3 Reebok sneakers for his daughter.
Taking advantage of the exchange's no-questions-asked policy, the man was not identified. He said he found the weapon in a shed he tore down last week.
"I didn't know what to do with it, so I brought it here," he said. "I took it to three dumps to try to get rid of it and they told me to get lost."
Besides the missile launcher police collected more than 250 guns. They were all exchanged for sneakers or $50 gift certificates.


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