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Missouri sand volleyball courts close after knives found in the sand

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Sand volleyball at a Missouri park have closed, after someone allegedly cut their foot stepping on a knife that was hidden under the sand.

A teenager was playing on a track near Arena Park in Cape Girardeau on Monday, as officials say she stepped on the knife. The researchers said at least two blades, described as “thin kitchen paring knives,” were eventually found, buried under the sand.

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Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Joey Hann told the Southeast Missourian on Tuesday that the two teenage girls gave a responding officer “two very small, poorly-made kitchen knives that said they were buried under the sand.”

The incident is “incredibly ill,” said Julia Jones, director of the city’s parks and recreation department. Jones told the Missourian she believes that it is the first of its kind incident, and advised people that something suspicious to tell authorities.

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While it is unclear if the knives were intentionally placed under the sand, Jones said city parks staff will check the volleyball courts with metal detectors and rakes. The staff will also be the dishes for the night games begin.

The dishes are set to be closed until next week.

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