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Stafford Offers X-Rays for Halloween Candy

STAFFORD, Va. — Authorities in Stafford have never found anything malicious or dangerous in children’s Halloween candy, but they’ll check it for free, anyway.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office will once again be on hand at the county courthouse tonight, as they are each year at Halloween, to place trick-or-treat candy on a conveyor belt and run it through an x-ray machine.

Here’s more in a press release:

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office will once again have additional deputies patrolling the neighborhoods of Stafford County during Halloween evening, Thursday, October 31, 2013 to ensure that trick-or-treaters have a good trick-or-treat evening.

The Sheriff’s Office will be x-raying candy/treats on Thursday evening, October 31, at the Sheriff’s Office, which is located in the Public Safety Center at 1225 Courthouse Road, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Please note that the x-ray process can detect the presence of pins, needles or other metallic objects but not the presence of poison/substances, wood or other non-metallic objects.

“We will have a visible presence in our community on Halloween,” states Sheriff Charles Jett. “This is a fun and exciting time of the year for our younger citizens and we want to make sure they have an enjoyable and safe evening.”

The service is free, however, the deputy at the x-ray machine might enjoy a lollipop as a special treat for completing the scan.


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