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Visually impaired kids hunt eggs in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A group of visually impaired children
have gotten a chance to hunt for Easter eggs in downtown Birmingham
using their ears instead of eyes.

The hunt at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind regional center featured plastic eggs outfitted with electronic beepers.

The eggs are made and maintained by Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives agents.

Volunteers disconnected the beepers and replaced the beeping eggs with candy-filled ones as the children found them.

The kids also got to sit in Birmingham firetrucks, a tow truck and ride police scooters. An ATF bomb dog, which was a former seeing eye dog, was also on hand, as well as police horse.

"If this doesn't touch your heart," said Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper, "you've got to be a robot."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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