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Coast Guard seeks information on lighthouse vandalism

The Wisconsin Point lighthouse was broken into Tuesday, Aug. 9 and its light extinguished.

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Broken windows look out over Lake Superior from the Wisconsin Point lighthouse on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking information on the vandalism that was done to the structure.
Contributed / USCG Great Lakes
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SUPERIOR — The Wisconsin Point lighthouse was vandalized and its light extinguished Tuesday, Aug. 9, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking information on vandalism done to the Wisconsin Point lighthouse late on Monday, Aug. 8, or early on Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Contributed / USCG Great Lakes

The vandalism not only damaged a landmark, but also put mariners, who depend on the lighthouse for safe navigation, in danger. The privately-owned 70-foot-tall structure houses the Superior entry’s south light.

A fisherman notified the Coast Guard Tuesday morning that the door to the lighthouse was open, according to a Superior police report. A Coast Guard team responded and got the light working again.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Eddie Gutierrez reported that the hinge to the exterior door was broken, the locks on three interior doors were damaged and four windows were broken out. It is believed the damage happened either Monday night or Tuesday morning, because the door was left open and someone would have noticed it sooner if it happened a while ago.

No damage estimate was given; nothing appeared to be missing.

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The Coast Guard Investigative Service is seeking information and leads on the break in. Visit the online tip line or use the CGIS mobile app to leave an anonymous tip.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking information on vandalism done to the Wisconsin Point lighthouse.
Courtesy / USCG Great Lakes
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Sun shines on a small entryway into the Wisconsin Point lighthouse that was broken open on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking information on the vandalism.
Contributed / USCG Great Lakes

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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