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Series of unfortunate events closes local city pool

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There are some disappointed kids and families who had hoped to use the city pool in Marion this week. 

The city had hoped to reopen the Marion Municipal Pool on Tuesday after closing Monday to sanitize the pool because someone went to the bathroom in it.  However, early Tuesday morning, glass was found in the pool, so it has been shut down until it is emptied and refilled.

It's believed that, sometime during the night, someone threw glass over the pool's fence into the water.

"Jars that were found are not jars that kids, assuming they were kids, I don't know, that we don't know either, that people would be carrying around with them.  You know, a glass gravy jar and a glass pickle jar is not something everyone has with them," said Marion Parks and Recreation Supervisor, Tony Ireland.

When glass is found in a pool, it's not as simple as scooping it out of the water and reopening, according to Ireland.

"You do have to drain the pool. It basically comes down to the safety of the patrons and staff that we have there.  Glass is clear, obviously, so there's no telling.  It's hard to see through that water and see what's in there," he said.

Once the water is drained, pool staff will have to restart like when they first reopened the pool.

"It may seem like something simple and just a prank. They don't really realize the ripple effect it has on everyone," Ireland said.

Ireland said the pool closing not only affects the people who wish to use it, but it also puts its employees out of work. Swim lessons during this week also have to be rescheduled.

Marion Parks and Recreation expects there will be a financial hit, as well. Chemicals had to be put into the pool after the Monday incident to sanitize it and, in order to drain it after the glass was found, more chemicals had to be added. After the pool is refilled, more chemicals will have to be added once again.

They hope to have the pool up and running again this weekend or early next week.  The Marion Police Department is investigating the incident.

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