2 Florida boys accused of battery for spraying Silly String at juveniles

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Two boys are accused of battery after they allegedly sprayed two other juveniles with aerosol string, authorities said.

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The boys allegedly used what is commonly called Silly String, according to the Cape Coral Police Department. The product is considered a toy and sprays plastic string as a stream from an aerosol can.

According to police, the incident occurred at about 8 p.m. EST Saturday at The Ice Cream Club in Cape Coral, the News-Press of Fort Myers reported.

The boys who allegedly shot the aerosol string were found behind a nearby business, police said. They confirmed that they had sprayed the victims with Silly String, the newspaper reported.

The boys were not arrested but were given notices to appear in court, WINK-TV reported.

The victims were not injured, but their parents said they wanted to press charges, the television station reported.

Cristina Alemar, who works at the plaza where the ice cream shop is located, said she saw the juveniles spraying the string and asked them to leave.

“Going around spraying each other is one thing but to spray other things and other people it’s not right,” Alemar told WINK. “But I think it’s a little excessive to have to appear to court.

“Even at birthday parties, there’s silly string all the time,” Alemar added. “It’s not that big of a deal, more of a hassle to clean up than anything.”

Cape Coral police spokesperson Cpt. Phil Mullen said even shooting Silly String can lead to a battery charge.

“You shoot something, anything, even something as harmless as Silly String, get it in somebody’s eye (and) cause harm, the potential is there -- so just think about what you’re doing,” Mullen told WINK.