State police investigate 'delinquent' incident at Townshend Dam

TOWNSHEND — At about 9:15 a.m. on Monday, the Vermont State Police received a call from workers on the spillway at the Townshend Dam, reporting suspicious circumstances in the area where work was being performed.

Troopers from the Vermont State Police responded and determined that someone had either lowered a bucket of gasoline off the bridge or carried the bucket to a location below the bridge that spans the spillway. The perpetrator appeared to have thrown rocks that had been wrapped in fabric and previously treated with a flammable liquid at the bucket containing the gas. The investigation revealed that the fabric wrapped rocks had been ignited and were burning when thrown off the bridge at the bucket in an attempt to ignite the gas in the bucket.

At the time of this press release, no damage was sustained to the spillway. According to the Vermont State Police, this is believed to be a delinquent act.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Sgt. Buckley at 802-722-4600 or call the State Police Crime Information Tip Line at 802-241-5355. Anonymous crime tips can also be sent using your mobile device. Text the keyword VTIPS to the shortcut CRIMES (274687) and share the tip you have about a crime.

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