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RCMP investigating after vandals hit B.C. highway camera with shotgun

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The solar-powered camera is located near the McDonald Summit at the highest point of Highway 24, about 90 kilometres east of 100 Mile House.

Police are investigating after a Ministry of Transportation highway camera was found to have been vandalized with what appear to be shotgun pellets. TWITTER / @TRANBC

Police are investigating after a Ministry of Transportation highway camera was found to have been vandalized with what appear to be shotgun pellets.

The solar-powered camera is located near the McDonald Summit at the highest point of Highway 24, about 90 kilometres east of 100 Mile House. The camera, which is pointed westbound, is used to monitor and report road conditions year-round and is usually available through the Drive BC website.

The McDonald Summit camera feed was also relied on heavily during the 2017 wildfire evacuations.

According to spokeswoman Danielle Pope with B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation, the vandalism was discovered by a maintenance contractor on June 10 and reported to the ministry.

Photos of the damage show several small round indents scattered across the camera’s solar panel. The glass cover on the camera body had also been shattered, leaving only a jagged frame around the lens.

Because the highway cameras only capture images at 15-minute intervals, the vandal was not caught on camera.

The camera’s feed on the Drive BC website currently shows a note indicating technical difficulties. A ministry staffer also took to the @TranBC Twitter account to explain why the camera feed was down, sharing photos of the damage.

“Due to the public safety risk associated with this vandalism, the ministry has notified RCMP about the incident,” Pope said in an email Tuesday to Postmedia.

While there have been previous incidents of vandalism to ministry property, it is the first time a ministry highway camera has been reported damaged with a shotgun.

The cost of repairs is yet to be determined.

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