Real razor blade hazard in Illinois

We all hear stories about razor blades in apples or candy around Halloween time. The truth is, this is far fetched and doesn’t happen. But, this really happened.

Child hurt by razor blades glued to East Moline playground equipment.

Less than a week after the first day of spring began bringing children to Quad-City parks, a 2-year-old boy was injured Monday when he was cut by razor blades that had been glued to playground equipment in an East Moline park, police said.

East Moline Police Lt. Brian Foltz said the child suffered a minor laceration to his finger and that his father took him home and treated him there.

12 razor blades were found glued to park equipment. It was only this one location found to be affected after all area parks were checked. Vandalism is a common hazard with parks after hours.

Snopes has seen fit to post an entry on it because many might think it’s another hoax. Make a scan around park areas for deliberate and accidental hazards before allowing children to play.

Expect copy cat crimes.

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  3 comments for “Real razor blade hazard in Illinois

  1. rand
    March 26, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Thats a pretty damn dickish thing to do.
    Hopefully they’ll manage to get some fingerprints off those blades, and a tip or two from the perpatrator’s fellow teens.

    How can someone think that boobytrapping childrens playground equipment is funny? Thats beyond malicious.

    • eddi
      March 26, 2014 at 3:34 AM

      I don’t think this is a prank. I’m afraid someone’s gone right off the deep end and this is liable to escalate.

  2. March 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I think it’s reasonable, to still be doubtful.

    Remember, the “Halloween razor blades in apples” stories also came with news stories and police reports. In the end, when sorted out, it was the parents (etc) who put the razor blades there.

    In this case, the razor blades were darn obvius to see– while caulk, white blades. It’s hard to imagine that these were placed overnight, dried, and then not found until late morning– or that the parent left, and no other parent found them.

    The above alone, counsels suspicion.

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