A hedge apple that smashed into the windshield of a woman’s vehicle late Sunday morning may have been shot out of a potato gun, according to Franklin police.
The woman had her 8-year-old child in her Jeep with her as she drove on McEwen Drive near Cool Springs Boulevard when someone in a nearby tree line apparently shot the hedge apple, a dense, wrinkled, up to 6-inch fruit of the Osage orange tree, at her vehicle.
The windshield was broken during the incident, but neither the woman nor her child was injured.
The force of the impact led police to suspect someone launched the object from a potato gun — a pipe-based cannon that uses air pressure or gasoline combustion to launch projectiles at high speeds.
The device can be dangerous, and could result in serious injury or death, according to police. They encourage parents to talk to their children about the dangers of interfering with traffic.
Anyone with information about this case can call Franklin police at 794-2513.