WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Westfield Police Department is issuing a public service advisory.
A resident reported she had located a wrapped razor blade in the candy her child had collected at Westfield’s Pumpkin Fest on Saturday. At this time, the Westfield Police Department is unable to prove or disprove this allegation.
Out of an abundance of caution, if you attended Pumpkin Fest, police advise you to thoroughly inspect the candy collected.
22News spoke to Gerald Lopez from Northampton to see what precautions he will be taking this Halloween, “Make sure all your candy is safe and good. Always double check and stay away from people that you don’t know.”
If you do not recognize the packaging or some candy is already opened, it’s best to just throw it away.
“In the past we’ve seen razor blades, we’ve seen needles, we’ve seen many things in the candy. It used to be apples at one time but now there are smaller things being pushed inside the candy and children can bite down on it,” said Constant Cooley of Springfield.
When it comes to staying safe on Halloween, it’s important to go out in groups and never alone. Make sure you look both ways before crossing the street and wear reflective tape so that drivers are able to see you clearly on the roads and sidewalks.
Kiley Stowell told 22News, “People are crazy on these roads so hold your kids hands, keep them under control because they can break off at anytime and the last thing we want to see is children get hurt. Always be around them don’t let them go.”
And as tempting as it may be to eat some sweets while trick or treating, tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home, where the candy can be properly inspected.
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