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Residents Mostly Chill About Hairy Panic Invading Australian Town

Massive amounts of tumbleweeds known as hairy panic are invading a town in southeastern Australia, burying cars and, in some cases, piling up to the roofs of houses.

The weeds—properly known as Panicum effusum—are a daily nuisance for residents in Wangaratta, an inland town in the Australian state of Victoria.

Outbreaks of Panicum effusum occur annually in Australia, but officials say that dry conditions produced more than usual this year. Residents also blame a neglectful farmer who, they say, left a field unplanted for a season, allowing the weed to run rampant.

“Hope the person who owns the out of control paddocks in our area gets notified to do something because this is a joke and the whole estate is sick of it!” resident Matt Thewlis wrote on Facebook.

Residents have been using leaf blowers to clear the weeds, which are mostly harmless, though they can lead to photosensitivity in farm animals that consume too much of it.

“It’s just another day in paradise,” Jason Perna told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, adding that locals were considering using the weeds to start a scarecrow business.