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Lawn Darts: The World's Most Dangerous Toy
The Deadly Toy We Loved
When I was in college, my teenage brother had a set of Lawn Darts. We loved to play whenever I came home for the weekend. We would spend hours in the backyard, tossing the deadly spears back and forth at little plastic rings on the grass.
Sometimes the sharp metal tips of these Lawn Darts would land near our sandalled feet, and we would make our wide-eyed gasps of "close-call" delight. The element of danger was part of the fun. This was no kids' game!
Lawn Darts were banned in the United States in 1988, after multiple deaths due to the sharp points of these metal-tipped projectiles. Safer replacements have since been produced, and the updated Lawn Darts, called Jarts is still a fun lawn game.
The Original Jarts Lawn Darts - Now Banned
Here is a close-up view of the original game of Jarts Lawn Darts with the metal tips.
A Safer Version of Lawn Darts - Jarts
The old version of Lawn Darts with metal tips has been replaced by a safer version. Jarts is played the same way, only the deadly metal tips have been replaced by plastic weights.
Enjoy this fun lawn game at your next backyard barbecue or camping trip!
The Updated and Safe Version of Jarts - Safe Lawn Darts
These gentlemen demonstrate the new, safe version of Jarts. Looks like great family fun!
Lawn Darts Poll
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Two boys playing lawn darts in the 1970s
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How to Play Lawn Darts
Lawn Darts is played much like the game of horseshoes. The game can be played by two players or two teams, who stand across from each other. Each team has a goal, a ring of plastic placed on the ground, and the objective is for each team to toss as many of their darts into the other team's goal as possible. Each dart landing inside the ring scores one point.
When playing Lawn Darts, each player must take care to remain out of the other team's firing range. The original darts from the 1980s contained deadly metal tips which were capable of penetrating the human skull when thrown by a strong adult.
Lawn Darts Are Dangerous, Banned & Illegal
The U.S. Government banned the sale of lawn darts in 1988 and advised anyone who had these games in their possession to immediately destroy them. If you have one of these deadly games, please destroy it for the safety of people and pets who could be harmed from its misuse.
Lawn Darts Poll
Are the new versions as fun as the original Lawn Darts?
Videos of People Playing Lawn Darts
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