The end of the rebar has been flattened and sharpened to a point and the exposed point has been painted to blend in with the road surface. (Source: Coconino National Forest)
"The objects pose a serious threat to everyone, and that doesn't just mean people recreating on a motorcycle or OHV, it includes people walking, hiking and even wildlife," Mogollon Rim Ranger Linda Wadleigh said. (Source: Coconino National Forest)
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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (CBS5) -
Someone is hiding spiked rebar on forest roads near Flagstaff and police and U.S. Forest officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information.
The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that it'll give $1,000 for a tip leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible.
At least five pieces of the spiked rebar were responsible for slashing at least eight tires during the weekend of July 12 on forest roads in the Happy Jack area, Brady Smith of Coconino National Forest said.
The rebar was placed in areas frequented by off-highway vehicles (OHV), Smith said, near the intersection of State Highway 87 and Lake Mary Road on the Coconino National Forest's Blue Ridge Ranger District.
"The end of the rebar has been flattened and sharpened to a point and the exposed point has been painted to blend in with the road surface," said Mogollon Rim District Ranger Linda Wadleigh.
"The objects pose a serious threat to everyone, and that doesn't just mean people recreating on a motorcycle or OHV, it includes people walking, hiking and even wildlife," she said.
Anyone with information about who might be placing the dangerous rebar should contact Forest Service law enforcement at 928-527-3511.
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