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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Surprise justice

Cactus plugging is the practice of vandalizing or destroying a cactus, usually a saguaro for fun. Typically the cactus is cut open, drained, then packed with explosives and ignited. In another variation, the vandal simple shoots bullets into the cactus body until portions fall off or the entire cactus falls over.

In one notorious incident in 1982, David Grundman was killed when an arm of the saguaro he was "plugging" fell on him.

The act of cactus plugging, if performed on a saguaro, is illegal. In any case, it is a particularly destructive form of vandalism as saguaros require over a hundred years to reach a substantial height.

4 comments:

JeanMac said...

I've never read about this before - seems so senseless.

sheoflittlebrain said...

I always thought that the death of David Grundman was a bizare triumph of nature over one of her molesters!

Changes in the wind said...

sheoflittlebrain...you speak with eloquence!!

bigbikerbob said...

Hi, Seems to me a complete waste of time and Lead for that matter, serves him Bl**dy right mind.