Monday, October 11, 2010

Flames for traffic camera -- New Orleans, LA

Police are trying to find determine who started a bonfire underneath a traffic
camera in the Bywater.

Tuesday evening, someone allegedly doused a tire with gasoline and set it on fire under the traffic camera, knocking out the camera which is set up in the 3400 block of Chartres Street.

"Two nights ago, somebody rolled a tire up and lit it on fire underneath the camera," said Johnny Bavender, who lives across the street from the camera.

Neighbors say flames torched the camera and charred the controls.

Davender said the camera, which is used to enforce the 25 mph speed limit along Chartres Street, is not very popular. He said he sees "a lot of people, drivers giving that thing the finger on a daily basis."

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