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RCMP investigate ravaged Newfoundland chlorine treatment facility

RCMP are investigating after vandals ravaged a Newfoundland chlorine treatment facility, causing about $20,000 in damage and prompting a boil-water order for the town.

Police say damage to the facility on Bannerman Lake Road in Harbour Grace happened sometime on Friday or Saturday.

Const. Steve Squires says entry was gained into two of the facility's building after two doors were pried open.

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Squires says pipes and values were broken, a vent was removed from the roof and light fixtures were smashed.

He says significant damage to an emergency shut-down system has resulted in a boil-water order for the majority of the town, where roughly 3,000 people live.

Squires says nothing was taken from the facility and the incident appears to be an act of vandalism.

An RCMP forensic identification unit is assisting with the investigation.

Squires says town officials will begin to make repairs once the investigation concludes.

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