Glass shards "clearly intended to injure" found scattered along Lake Michigan

Photo: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Facebook

Officials at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore say large quantities of broken glass have been strewn along a Lake Michigan beach.

District Ranger Andy Blake said Tuesday it appears thousands of pieces were spread deliberately near the Good Harbor Picnic Area at the east end of Lake Michigan Road in Leelanau County's Cleveland Township.

Blake says the glass wasn't dumped in one spot but was spread "fairly uniformly up and down the beach for several hundred yards."

Park Superintendent Scott Tucker says the "mean-spirited crime" was "clearly intended" to injure beachgoers.

"I am outraged by this act that is clearly intended to injure visitors to the National Lakeshore. Thousands of pieces of broken glass do not appear on the beach without malicious intent. I hope our visitors and the local community can help identify the person or persons who would deliberately harm our beachgoers, including children," Tucket said in a statement. Glass containers are not allowed on park beaches. 

A similar incident happened along another area beach in October 2017.

Officials are appealing to the public for information. Park staffers and volunteers walking the beach and removing as many pieces of glass as they can find.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Fox 2 reported on this story from Southfield, Mich.