- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A landmark in Maine where thousands of people have pledged their everlasting love to another with padlocks has been deemed a public safety risk and will be removed.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2a84sdn ) the city’s 30-foot-long Love Locks fence will be removed in the next two weeks but a portion will be displayed in a nearby parking lot.

People attach padlocks to the fence, viewed as a symbol of love like one removed in Paris. The city-owned fence is near Portland Harbor and has been sagging under the weight of hundreds of locks.

City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin says a portion of the chain link fence came loose from its frame about two weeks ago.

The replacement fence won’t allow locks to be attached to it.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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