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Information sought on vandals putting children at risk
City of Huntsville Parks and Leisure staff has identified a dangerous occurrence in some City parks. A heating device is being used to melt portions of the plastic slides and razor blades are then inserted into the surface. The City of Huntsville Parks and Leisure Department routinely inspects the playground equipment and discovered the razor blades on July 6, 2017. City staff is in the process of installing cameras at the parks to help identify suspects.
The Huntsville Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in refraining from the use of lighters in City parks. With the recent passage of the smoking restrictions ordinance, there should be no reason for anyone to have a lighter or any type of open flame device in use in a City park.
City parks are for the safe enjoyment of all citizens. Please help us identify anyone damaging playground equipment, especially those using an open flame or acting suspiciously. Injury to a child is a third-degree felony charge.
If you have information on these incidents, please contact the Huntsville Police Department at (936) 291-5480 or (936) 435-8001.