After burning through one flare we tried to smash the traffic pumpkin to make it look like it had been run over. We were hoping to keep the face intact and crush the rest.
Our experiment didn't go so well. Because the face had holes cut out of the front, it was weaker in that area and that is what crushed. If we had another chance, we would weaken the backside with some saw cuts and then crush.
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