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The Great Pumpkin? Huge inflatable gourd rolls down Arizona street

PHOENIX — Someone alert Charlie Brown and the “Peanuts” gang: The Great Pumpkin apparently made a run for it in Arizona on Thursday.

A video shared all over social media showed a giant inflatable pumpkin being blown around a Peoria street. 12 News reports the pumpkin made its run near 83rd and Peoria avenues.

The 12-foot tall, 350-pound inflatable pumpkin was part of a Halloween display to promote the West Valley city’s Halloween Monster Bash, set for Friday night at Peoria Sports Complex. The pumpkin’s owners, Big AZ Promotions, said strong winds blew the gourd about a quarter of a mile, where it finally came to a stop in a neighborhood park.

“I was so shocked to see that it was like bouncing like a basketball all the way down the road,” Patrick Sparkes with Big AZ Promotions said.

No one was hurt by the Great Pumpkin Escape of 2015, but a street light near 83rd and Grand avenues sustained light damage.

In case you were wondering, the strong winds were fueled by a small storm that was moving through the Phoenix metro area. The storm is expected to move out of the Phoenix area by Halloween, leaving behind a high of 75 degrees and low of 57.

As far as trick-or-treating goes, the temperature will be hovering about 70 degrees when it’s time to go door-to-door in search of candy.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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