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Arson reported at several Kaua‘i County parks

LIHU‘E — A series of arson incidents at local parks has local authorities on the lookout for the alleged perpetrators.

The County of Kaua‘i said Thursday that trees at Lydgate Park, ‘Anini Beach Park and Anahola Beach Park were recently found burned. The incident at Anahola Beach Park resulted in the burned tree falling on a utility line.

“Arson in our parks, with the ignition of trees, has the potential to quickly escalate into uncontrolled wildfire, putting lives, property and the surrounding area in jeopardy,” said Kaua‘i Fire Department Chief Michael Gibson.

“Once a fire is ignited, it can rapidly spread to nearby vegetation, structures and residential areas, causing extensive damage and has the potential of falling and injuring someone.”

The dates and times of the arson attacks were not disclosed, but police reports have been filed.

“Arson is a serious crime with severe consequences. It poses an immediate threat to lives, properties and the environment, and undermines community safety. Perpetrators will face significant penalties, including imprisonment and fines,” said Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD) Chief Todd Raybuck.

“We will not tolerate arson. I urge anyone considering such actions to think carefully about the potential consequences, not only for themselves but for the well-being of others and our community.”

People with information about any of the incidents are asked to call KPD Dispatch at 808-241-1711. People wishing to remain anonymous can provide information to Crime Stoppers Kaua‘i at 808-246-8300.

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Wyatt Haupt Jr., editor, can be reached at 808-245-0457 or whaupt@thegardenisland.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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