Pennsylvania state police are investigating an incident in which a teenager ate a piece of Halloween candy which had a razor blade concealed inside.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a 16-year-old girl attempted to chew a piece of bubble gum she received as Halloween candy. She got a nasty surprise when she found out that a small razor blade was hidden inside the bubble gum.
The teen had received the wrapped Halloween candy at a community event held in Marion Center, Pennsylvania. The small town is about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Around 22 volunteers were handing out candy from their cars in a school parking lot, according to CBS Pittsburgh.
It was estimated around 300 children received treats from the Halloween event, but no other injuries have been reported.
The teenager who was injured with the razor blade was taken to the Indiana Regional Medical Center for treatment on Monday.
Police urge parents of children who attended the event to check the Halloween candy carefully before allowing the children to eat any of it.
Marion Center Area School District, where the tainted Halloween candy was allegedly handed out, gave WPXI a statement about the incident.
“It has been brought to the District’s attention that an out of district student who participated in the October 31st Trunk or Treat night was chewing a piece of gum which included a sharp object. The gum was wrapped in pink paper. As a precaution it is recommended that if your child participated in the trunk or treat activity on October 31st you check the candy for foreign objects before the candy is eaten. The district is cooperating with the law enforcement agency in the ongoing investigation.”
The Pennsylvania state police have not identified any suspects in the case and no charges have been filed.
If anyone finds any tainted candy from the event, parents are urged to call the state police barracks in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
As earlier reported by the Inquisitr, a candy bar with a razor blade inside of it was given out in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The Snickers bar was given out as Halloween candy to a 14-year-old girl. Thankfully, the girl was not hurt in the incident. Reynoldsburg police believe it is an isolated incident as they’ve received no other reports of tainted candy.
A needle found in a Halloween treat in Minnesota was found to be a hoax. Brainerd Police say the child stuck a sewing needle in a piece of candy and lied about finding it there.
Some Halloween candy found in St. Marys, Georgia, was apparently laced with pills. One contained Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medication, and the other was Loratadine, an antihistamine. Police warned parents to be aware of side effects after eating candy and to seek medical attention, according to First Coast News.
In California, a young girl found two unidentified white pills stuck to the top of a Tootsie Roll. She did not eat them and showed them to her mother. Sacramento police are still trying to find out what the pills are before they decide what action to take in the matter.
In past years, tainted Halloween candy was often treated as a myth, but it is quickly becoming apparent that there are some very sinister people out there who will tamper with candy. It is advisable to look at all Halloween candy, even if you feel you’ve been to a safe area when out trick-or-treating with your family. Look for signs of tampering, such as unwrapped packaging, tears in the paper, or any other oddities. Many children still have Halloween candy left over, so it isn’t too late to go through what’s left to make sure it is safe.
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