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UPDATE: Fire Erupts at Wantagh Elementary School Playground

Wantagh superintendent says fire appears to have been started by fireworks.

A playground at caught fire late Monday morning in what district officials say appears to have been caused by the playing of fireworks.

The responded to extinguish the flames, which broke out in the rear of the playground in the back of the school located on Beech Street. Fire officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Philip D'Angelo said from information he has gathered, the fire appears to have been started as a result of people playing playing with fireworks behind the playground. He said the playground is now closed and will not reopen until proper repairs are made.

"We are working as diligently as we can to quick get the playground fixed and get it reopened but obviously we want to ensure the safety of the children of our community so we need to close it for now," D'Angelo said. "We are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire and looking to see who may be responsible for it." 


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rick donovan August 15, 2012 at 01:44 AM
No, but I guess it starts with K -ends with s!!!
wantagh August 15, 2012 at 02:41 AM
so then I guess nothing will be done then. . Well most of wantagh knows exactly what that stands for..
rick donovan August 15, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I like to use this word. NAFT!!! it means NOT A F-INF THING!!!
wantagh August 15, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I guess we will wait for something really bad to happen before kids have consequences.I know it is the parents who need to discipline. Their own kids but many don't so how about those cameras. These kids have been doing.g the same thing for years and they are the same kids.A continued slap on the wrist isn't helping and fire can and has killed people.
rick donovan August 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM


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