Connecticut baseball field closed due to ‘poor decision’ to douse it in gas, set it on fire

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RIDGEFIELD,Conn. (WTNH) – Ridgefield police are looking into an incident where someone trying to dry a wet baseball field “quicker” for a game, set it on fire.

On Saturday, a Ridgefield High School baseball game at Governor Park was delayed due to weather conditions.

According to a post on the Town of Ridgefield’s Facebook page, that led to a “poor decision” wherein an attempt to “dry the field quicker,” 24 gallons of gasoline was poured on to it and then set on fire.

The Ridgefield Fire Department, the Director of Public Works, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Certified Spill Response Team all responded to the scene and Ridgefield police are now looking into the incident.

No one was injured in the blaze and there is no danger to the public.

Ridgefield officials say that the plan now is to excavate the infield, place dirt in a safe container and then add fresh soil to the field.

The field is expected to be closed for the week for testing to be completed.

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