Errant Cannon Fire from Niagara Deflates World’s Largest Rubber Duck

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Tragedy struck at Erie’s Tall Ships Festival this morning when a cannon from the Niagara misfired and shot a cannonball into the world’s largest rubber duck, deflating it within minutes.

Witnesses say the giant duck was floating about 30 yards from the Niagara when the shot was fired. “It’s a shame,” said festival patron Ernie, no last name given. “I’m awfully fond of that rubber ducky.”

Repairs are already underway as workers have gathered over 100 rolls of duck tape to patch up the hole.

The owners of the duck, Big Duck LLC, plan on sending the bill to the Niagara League. They will also submit an invoice for damages.

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  1. Jw2spooky@aol.com says:

    Thought this was a good one to share as well. The tall ships are coming in. Weather is iffy for the parade of ships this afternoon, rain & lightening, at the time of the parade—not a good combination. Will write more later, Julie

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  2. When did they start shooting live rounds??

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  3. Neil Murphy, Sr says:

    It’s not April 1st. Why would anyone put a cannon ball in a cannon?

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  4. I hope they don’t get fined from fish and game as well because it’s not officially duck hunting season!

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  5. LMAO – He should have “DUCKED”, a duck out of water now.

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  6. Ann Kalinowski says:

    Will we be notified if the duck will be fixed by the time of the parade?

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  7. Sarah Humes says:

    Definitely the best “news story” yet from this site!

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  8. Alan Byerly says:

    Best thing to happen to the Duck, the festival is about the Tall Ships not some darn 2 years olds bath tub toy. Grow up people!

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  9. Sandra Kathryn says:

    Some comments suggest that some readers are taking this story literally. Without the tone available in print, its hard to know which might be tongue in cheek, if any.

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  10. not all it was quacked up to be

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  11. Great example of friendly fire mishaps.

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  12. It’s fake story

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  13. D T DiSanto says:

    Aww, I guess the “Duck stops Here” !

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  14. S migyanko says:

    I thought it was Wabbit season.

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  15. Don’t be ridiculous, no cannonball was fired, it was the concussion that caused the weak structure of the plastic duck to fail. Not Niagra’s fault they had such a weak design. Down with Big Rubber Ducks.

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  16. FRANK ANDRZEJEWSKI says:

    The Duck was here recently nad really quacked me up with some of his childish comments. Long live the fake duck!

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  17. I guess this was a fake report it was not shot look at the top of the page says fake i dont find it funny at all i thought it happened as did others.

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  18. Harry J. Mulder says:

    Sounds like somebodys head is going to roll,firing live cannonball in the port, somebody could have been killed. Somebody is going to be a dead duck.

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  19. Big Giant Head says:

    I like cookies.

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  20. read people… >Erie’s first fake news source!

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  21. Kim Hazard says:

    Was Tom Brady around?

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  22. Karen Hund says:

    Why would they hurt the poor ducky?

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  23. Poor ducky….what do we have against the duck?

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  24. I just heard the repairs on the duck were sucessful, but some idiot grabbed the wrong tank and mistakenly inflated it with helium instead of oxygen and now the duck was just sighted crossing the New York – New Hampshire border at 15,000 feet.

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  25. Take up stock in duck tape

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  26. All i can say is wow. Some of these people think its real.. Its a good story but WOW!! come on people are you really that.. Gullible??

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  27. therefreshman says:

    I heard Ernie is going to sue…

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  28. Truly amazing to see the comments and how they go. Folks just feed off one another on some of this stuff. They are pretty funny and tongue in cheek stuff. However, he was just up in Duluth and I did see a comment similar to one above about how this was all about the tall ships and he seemed to take away from them. I don’t really know as I couldn’t get up there this year.

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  29. BILL WEBBER says:

    Gonna be a protest from PETA

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  30. The police are now investigating that this might be crime of Se-duck-tion!

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  31. jay carlton says:

    ……….and you thought chicken wings were good.

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  32. Great shot ! Keep the duck out of there. It is a gross distraction. How did it ever get mixed up with tall ships anyway? Have to agree that loading a real cannon ball ahead of a powder charge is not very smart. Lucky no one was hurt ( or worse ).

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  33. There are now TWO Navy ships that have sunk an enemy vessel in combat…one from the 18th Century (the USS Constitution), and the USS Niagara (built in 1813)…..

    (That duck was privateering I bet!)

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  34. John Gilbert says:

    If we’d had duct tape in the Revolution, look at the ships that would have been saved!

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  35. John Gilbert says:

    ‘Duck tape’ I get it.

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  36. Duck Confit?

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  37. Reblogged this on idiotprufs and commented:
    I am overjoyed at how many people thought this really happened.

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  38. Well, isn’t this just DUCKY! …LMAO…This is what happens when graphic artists have too much time on their hands

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    • Peter Zenewicz says:

      It’s a real picture, but the story is a joke. It was taken before the Parade. The Duck wasn’t inflated because of bad weather.

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  39. Only a true idiot would make this about Politics.

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  40. When did ElmerFudd become a cannoneer? Whose Bathtub Navy enlisted him?

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  41. Thank you, I haven’t laughed so hard in quite awhile!

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  42. The duck had leakage issues in a Philadelphia appearance earlier this year…

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  43. Judy Kaczor says:

    Now that’s DUCKY!

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  44. Guns on a ship, cannons on land…

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  45. They had to fire on it. It wasn’t a rubber duck, folks. It was a Trojan duck.

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  46. Damn, I wish I would have thought of that story first! Good one!

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  47. Reads like a story from The Onion.

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