Shattered glass ‘deliberately’ spread along Lake Michigan beach, National Park Service says

Staff at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore believe that pieces of broken glass found on Lake Michigan beach was deliberately dumped in the area. (Photo: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore)

Shards of glass found recently along a Lake Michigan beach are believed to have been deliberately placed, according to a news release from the National Park Service.

Leelanau District Ranger Andy Blake said the broken pieces were found along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore beach near where glass previously turned up, on Lane Road near Port Oneida in October 2017.

“Just like the Lane Road incident, the glass was not dumped in one spot, but is spread fairly uniformly up and down the beach for several hundred yards,” Blake said. “It is definitely a hazard to beachgoers as it consists of literally thousands of freshly broken pieces mostly one half to two inches in size.”

Park Superintendent Scott Tucker said staff members will work alongside volunteers to remove any pieces of glass.

Glass containers are not allowed on park beaches.

“I am outraged by this act that is clearly intended to injure visitors to the National Lakeshore. Thousands of pieces of broken glass do not appear on the beach without malicious intent,” Tucker said in a news release. “I hope our visitors and the local community can help identify the person or persons who would deliberately harm our beachgoers, including children.”


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