- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Officials say more than 40 American flags placed along Carter Road in Smyrna were pulled from the ground and snapped.

The flags are sold by the Smyrna/Clayton July Fourth Association to homeowners and businesses. The association installs the flags ahead of the July Fourth holiday. More than 5,000 flags were installed this week.

Smyrna Mayor Joanne Masten tells The News Journal of Wilmington (http://tinyurl.com/hstd6nv ) that she got a call Friday morning about the flags being vandalized. Police are aware but no one has been arrested. Masten says last year, someone was arrested for stealing flags in the same area.

Volunteers went back to Carter Road on Friday morning to replace the flags, at no cost to the homeowners.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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