BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Barrington police put out a warning to parents and guardians on Tuesday after a resident reported that a hypodermic needle was found in her child’s Halloween candy.

Police shared an image of the needle, urging people to check their children’s candy immediately. The needle was allegedly found on Tuesday, the day after Halloween.

Since the needle was sealed in a package, Barrington’s police chief says it doesn’t appear to be a malicious act, but it’s still concerning.

“It’s probably some kind of an explanation, mistake, as opposed to somebody who had some malicious intent. That’s what the packaging tells me,” said Chief Michael Correia.

But intentional or not, he’s still urging residents to be extra careful. If more residents report finding needles, he said they’ll open an investigation.

“(We want) to get the word out there just to check your kid’s candy, and if any contraband, any similar pre-packaged needle of some sort (is found), let us know,” Chief Correia added.

Anyone who makes a similar discovery is asked to call Barrington police at (401) 437-3935.