Silly String Being Sent to Iraq

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- About 80,000 cans of Silly String are about to be sent on the way to Iraq.

After months of frustration, a mother of a soldier in Iraq has found someone to ship the cans to the troops, who use the foamy substance to detect trip wires on bombs.

The cans are boxed and addressed to individual servicemen and servicewomen in Iraq. But since the string comes in an aerosol can, it is considered a hazardous material, and only certain companies can ship it. A New Jersey-based shipping company that has experience in hazardous materials has decided to help out.

The boxes will be inspected by the company and then delivered to the United States Postal Service for transport with other letters and packages bound for Iraq.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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