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Baseball field set on fire to warm before game

Posted at 7:41 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 08:48:40-04

Spring baseball in the northeast can be downright cold, but a failed attempt to warm up a field in Ridgefield, Connecticut means some teams will have to find a new place to play.

The Ridgefield High School field needs repairs after it was set on fire over the weekend.

Police haven't made any arrests -- and at this point, they aren't sure if they will, but they are still trying to figure out why someone decided to pour 24 gallons of gas on the infield to warm it up before a game.

"It had rained the night before there was a scheduled baseball game at approximately 11 a.m. Saturday and the game was delayed due to the wet field," police said. "We are not sure, it is an active investigation into who instructed, if anybody instructed in regards to warming the field with fire and gasoline was used as well."

The gasoline-soaked soil was removed to the tune of thousands of dollars - which will come out of the town's coffers.

"I would like to see somebody pay for it rather than me so," a concerned citizen said. "All the people who stood around and thought it was a good idea, it would be nice if they all chipped in and paid for it."

The field will be closed all week as testing is done on the soil.

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