SPENCER, Ind. (AP) -- A southern Indiana winery's decision to use cannons to scare away birds that threatened its crop sparked complaints from a neighbor who decided to launch a counterattack.
Owner Anthony Leaderbrand began firing a propane-fueled cannon to shoo away birds that were eating the nearly ripe hybrid red Marechal Foch grapes at his Owen Valley Winery in Spencer.
Neighbor Steve Dean tells The Herald-Times the noise from the cannons disrupted the peace and quiet of the area, but police said the cannons were allowed to help protect a crop.
Dean bought his own cannon for about $250 and launched a counterassault.
The cannons have since gone quiet. Dean thinks his counterattack worked. Leaderbrand says he doesn't need his cannon now because the grapes are ripe and are being picked.