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Vandals create thousands of dollars worth of damage at Fantasy of Lights

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -- It wasn't a normal Fantasy of Lights experience for those who went down to Franke Park for the Christmas Light show Sunday night.

For the first hour, about half of the lights weren't lit up.

"It was a pretty risky, unsafe scenario when there were a lot of displays that were out, especially the archways going through the woods. They were completely dark," said Executive Director of Blue Jacket, Tony Hudson.

Hudson says a few workers saw two teenage boys on bikes who had smashed lights, leaving glass in the pathway, kicked sponsorship signs out of their frames, unplugged lights and potentially stole electrical adapters.

"We expect Murphy's Law to impact an event like this. We have grace and we will forgive. It is a little frustrating," said Hudson.

Blue Jacket uses the Fantasy of Lights as a fundraiser for their career academy, which helps train men and women seeking employment.

Hudson said they used most of their remaining budget for this year to purchase hot coco for their patrons. He called it a kick to the teeth, but says he isn't too worried.

"We know the Fort Wayne community loves us. They love this event. We love this event and their patronage, and it'll pay off somehow," said Hudson.

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