BURNSIDE - Coal Township Police are investigating vandalism at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) that damaged two newly installed metal gates.

Sometime in the past 12 days, someone damaged the gates at the entrances to dirt roads locally known as Red Ash Road and Tower Road along Route 125, south of Burnside, authority members said.

The gate on Red Ash Road was initially damaged between the evening of Saturday, June 30, and the morning of Monday, July 1. Someone moved a large boulder and snapped a hinge that connected the gate to a 9-foot railroad tie buried four feet into the ground, they said. A dent was also noticed in the gate.

Railroad ties holding both gates were cut with a saw Wednesday night, according to authority members. The gates were moved by the vandals to the side of the roads, according to the authority.

The gates, which were installed in May, were built by students in a welding class at the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center. Authority member Barry Yorwarth said Thursday the materials and labor to build the gates were donated.

He reserved additional comment until the next authority meeting, which will be held Monday at the Northumberland Career and Arts Center in Shamokin.

Anyone with information is asked to contact township police at 644-0333.