If you’ve been the County Park at the east end of the lake recently, you may have noticed that the port-a-potty was laying in pieces. Columbia Township Police believe vandals blew it up with a 6-inch fireworks mortar Thursday evening (8/4/16). They received of complaints of fireworks in the area, including a loud explosion. Their investigation revealed the cause. “A 6 inch mortar is typically considered a commercial grade fireworks, with 5-inch mortars typically being used in most local fireworks show.” Columbia Police also comment “6-inch mortar in a confined space can do a large amount of damage and potentially injure, even out some distance from the explosion site when exploded in a confined space.” In this situation, debris spread in about 100 foot radius.
Another port-a-potty was recently destroyed at Clark Lake, but the cause was completely different. A fire in a nearby construction dumpster on North Shore Drive consumed the portable unit that was set up next to it.