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Hancock County Sheriff’s Department will X-ray candy again this Halloween

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is utilizing its X-ray machine on Halloween night for the fourth straight year.

Halloween is approaching, and trick-or-treaters will be collecting candy across the valley.

If you’re a parent concerned about what's in your child’s bag, there’s no need to worry.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is utilizing its X-ray machine on Halloween night for the fourth straight year.

"A lot of parents have problems, or fears I should say, that something may have been slipped into the children's candy, and this is just a way of alleviating fears and letting them come through," Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said.

From 6-10 p.m., parents and children are welcome to get their candy scanned.

It can detect almost anything including unwanted items like screws or razors.

"Fortunately we've been doing this for 4 years, and we have never found anything that was in any of the candy,” Fletcher said. “We want to keep it that way."

Kids can leave their candy in the bag and run it through the X-ray machine.

If anything suspicious is detected, it will be scanned through again.

"If it looks like it's been tampered with in any way -- accidentally or purposely -- I wouldn’t permit my children or grandchildren to utilize that candy," Fletcher said.

Fletcher also wants to warn drivers to slow down to a crawl-like speed and keep an eye out trick or treaters.

If you're wearing a costume, avoid masks that would keep you from seeing, and also long gowns.

"Halloween is a good time for everybody; it's just so much fun for the children, so much excitement for them and we don’t want anything to deter from that," Fletcher said.

Make sure you send us your pictures and videos of what you're doing this Halloween, from what costumes you have to what candy you're grabbing.

You can do that through our mobile app.

Just click ‘See it, Send It.’

And if you're curious about trick or treat times in your neighborhood, click here.


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