June 20, 2018
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Farmington police investigate reports of firecrackers thrown from library roof

By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — Police received a report Tuesday of someone being on the Farmington Public Library roof on the evening of July 4 and throwing fireworks — including firecrackers — from it.

People going on the roof has been an ongoing problem for the past two to three years.

The complaint was not made to the police until several days later and came through Library Director Melanie Coombs, who learned about it from another person, police Secretary Bonnie Pomeroy said.

If people see someone on the roof, they should call police at 778-6311 then so police have a chance of catching the person, she said.

Coombs said that the library board is concerned about damage to the roof and someone getting hurt.

“We have had probably 10 incidents in two to three years that there is evidence” of people being on the roof, she said.

One of the library’s regular patrons notified her of firecrackers being thrown from the roof last week on Tuesday.

The patron was walking by and kids were throwing firecrackers down, she said.

The roof was checked out and they believe that they were bigger than firecrackers. They looked kind of like cherry bombs, she said.

“They were definitely bigger than firecrackers,” she said.

There was also a stone, paver-type stone, from the roof that was pulled out and thrown into the shrubs, she said.

There was also evidence of people drinking alcohol, she said.

“We don’t want people on our roof,” she said. “Most importantly we don’t want people getting hurt.”

When you mix alcohol, fireworks and a historic building, someone is bound to get hurt eventually and the library could be damaged, she said.

The slate roof on part of the library’s roof is very fragile and not made for walking, Coombs said.

It was replaced in 2007, and it would be extremely expensive to replace again, she said.

Farmington police have been very responsive and have checked out each incident, she said.


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