Foamy frivolities? So-called 'Bubble Bandit' hits local fountains Featured

The Humanitarian Center fountain spewed suds after detergent was apparently added to the water this past weekend. The Humanitarian Center fountain spewed suds after detergent was apparently added to the water this past weekend. Janet Way

There are no reports of thefts, but a so-called "Bubble Bandit" has caused some spectacular sudsing of local fountains.

 

The new fountain at Sixth and Merchant bubbled up Friday morning, with similar activity at the Humanitarian Center, 215 West Sixth, and Ashley II Estates, 1601 Lincoln, over the weekend. There have also been reports of at least one small private fountain at 12th and Rural frothing over several times since this past weekend.

 

Developer Steve Haught has been associated with the Humanitarian Center since its conversion from its former use as Lowther South Intermediate School. He says there has been some soap residue needs to be cleaned, and in some cases there are some non-serviceable parts that need to be replaced.

 

Developer Cory Haag installed the fountain at the former Bank of America building at Sixth and Merchant. He says there is no damage to the fountain equipment, although some cleanup was needed to the exterior. There is also no word on damage to the Ashley II fountain.

 

It appears a powder detergent may be responsible for the suds. Emporia Police Sgt. Lisa Sage says a report would need to be filed before a formal investigation would start, and at this time that has not happened. At this time, there's no word on whether the cases are connected or how many suspects are involved. There's also no word on whether anybody associated with this activity has, well, come clean.

 

Photo by Janet Way: Humanitarian Center

 

 

Photo by Mike Barnett: Ashley II Estates

 

 

Photo by Jenny Grieder: 12th and Rural

 

 

 

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