Teen's water balloon antics go wrong

20:13, Aug 25 2014
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STUCK IN SKYLIGHT: Police help a teen down from the roof of a Motueka shop after his leg plunged through a skylight.

A dangerous stunt backfired for a 14-year-old boy when he gashed his leg after plunging it through a skylight above a Motueka jeweller's shop.

The boy was one of three who had been throwing water balloons at passing motorists from the roofs and awnings of High St shops around 2.30pm yesterday, said Sergeant Rob Crawford, of Motueka.

They were being chased by members of the public, and a police officer joined the chase.

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Witness Cliff Riordan said he saw three kids on the awnings but later saw that one of them had stopped running and was clutching his leg.

"Turned out he had stuck it through the glass skylight of the awning in front of Westrupp jewellers, cutting what looked like his calf," said Riordan.

Police, ambulance and Motueka Volunteer Fire Brigade staff lowered the boy off the roof to be treated for "moderate lower leg lacerations", said a spokesperson from St John Ambulance.

The boy was treated at Nelson Hospital.


The Nelson Mail