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Police investigating arson of speed camera in Maryland

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. -

Howard County Police are asking for the public's help to find the person who torched a speed camera outside Glenelg high school early Saturday morning in Glenwood.

Arson investigators who responded to the scene, say the fire had been intentionally set.

A newspaper deliveryman spotted the burning mass of twisted metal and photographic equipment at about 5 am and called 911.

" I guess getting speeding tickets makes people mad," neighbor Mike Wallace says.

Wallace has lived across the street from the school for 13 years.

He says speeding on Burntwoods Road is common.

" It can be pretty bad. Some of the students drive like they're nuts., especially when school lets out,"Wallace says.

Lee Miller, who's lived on Burntwoods Road since 1970 has nicknamed it the Burntwoods Speedway.

Just getting out of his driveway has been challenging.

"You get out a few feet or so, and there's someone on your bumper,"Miller says.

Since Howard County Police put up cameras in school zones last year, speeds have been reduced 65 percent.

At the start of school this year, police started rotating two portable speed cameras among 13 schools where the white speed camera vans can't be used safely.

The one at Glenelg had only been in place about a week or so.

" You have to have somebody, or maybe another camera watch the camera," Miller laughs..

Even though the damaged camera has been removed, speeders aren't getting a pass.Police say it will be replaced and in a new location by the time school reopens Monday morning.

" It was great. Hopefully they'll bring it back as soon as possible," Wallace says.

There's a $500 reward available to anyone who helps police catch the arsonist who destroyed the speed camera.

Anyone with information should call 410-313-STOP.

LINK: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/speedcameras.htm


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