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Gearhart teen gets police ‘talking to’ after prank

Girl was trapped in water storage vault

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Published on July 12, 2018 5:16PM

Last changed on July 12, 2018 5:33PM

Location of a water storage vault where a girl was trapped for about 10 minutes on July Fourth.

City of Gearhart

Location of a water storage vault where a girl was trapped for about 10 minutes on July Fourth.


Gearhart police and fire responders freed a girl from a water treatment vault on Seventh Street on the Fourth of July. About 14 teens were celebrating the Fourth of July holiday when one ran ahead and into the storage vault, where she locked herself in, according to City Administrator Chad Sweet at Gearhart’s July 11 City Council meeting.

“She lifted up on a water vault door, she climbed in and closed the door to scare her friends,” Sweet said.

The latch on the handle inside had rusted, and as a result, the door didn’t properly close, he said. “When she went in, she closed it.”

Sweet said the girl was brought to safety by responders within 10 minutes and “was perfectly fine.”

“Chief (Jeff) Bowman gave her a stern talking to,” Sweet said.

The Public Works Department subsequently replaced the rusted latch and did an inspection of latches throughout the city, he added.

The name of the teen was not released.



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