Langford Fire Rescue loads up on pumpkins before heading skyward to drop them from their 105-foot ladder. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Langford Fire Rescue loads up on pumpkins before heading skyward to drop them from their 105-foot ladder. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

A smash for a cause: Langford’s pumpkin drop an annual hit

Halloween decorations fall from above to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy

Halloween pumpkins fell to their demise on Nov. 6 in Langford – for a good cause.

Langford Fire Rescue with its 105-foot ladder hosted the annual Charity Pumpkin Smash, a fun and communal way to get rid of old Halloween decorations while raising funds and awareness for muscular dystrophy.

The money goes toward the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund and Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

All the dropping was done by firefighters within an enclosed area in the Westshore Town Centre parking lot, outside of the Cineplex.

Onlookers gave up their pumpkins and watched from behind the enclosure as the gourds plummeted from the sky.

“Every year the event gets bigger and bigger – this year has been our best yet,” said Capt. Paul Obersteller.

Approximately 400 pumpkins were smashed this year, all of which were shovelled up by fire crews to be composted, added Obersteller.

While donations are not mandatory to participate, attendees were encouraged to give what they could to the cause.

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