30-Foot-Tall Inflatable Minion Gets Loose, Rampages Irish Highway

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In a curious incident of life imitating ... well, yes, let's go with "art," an Irish roadway found itself menaced by a gigantic Minion balloon this week. Thanks to a strong summer wind, the 30-foot inflatable Minion, erected to promote a local fair, was shaken loose from its moorings and fell across Swords Road outside Dublin on Monday afternoon. There have been no reported injuries from the incident, and Dublin city councilor Paul McAuliffe is fighting an uphill battle to get the public to stop giggling. "I don’t want to sound like a killjoy, but if that had landed on a cyclist, for instance, it could have been serious," McAuliffe told The Irish Times. "If you take the Minion part of it out, if this was a large inflatable weather balloon that had not been properly tethered, there would be no [humor] in this story at all." McAuliffe is asking the city's planning department to investigate whether the fair broke any safety regulations, or whether this was just another case of Minions messing up again.

Below, before and after images of the Minion's reign of terror:

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