Needles in some Halloween candy, warn Marshfield police

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MARSHFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after sewing needles were found in two packages of individually-wrapped candy handed out on Halloween night in Marshfield.

The two pieces of “Twizzlers Twists” candy reported to police with sewing needles were received in the coastal neighborhood of Brant Rock, according to a Thursday afternoon posting on the department’s Facebook page. Officers showed a needle sticking out of one of the red strawberry licorice pieces.

Police advised parents and trick-or-treaters to throw away all the Twizzlers they’d received and to inspect all other candy for seals or wrappers being altered.

A similar needle-tampering was found in 2018 candy in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., east of Nashville, as of Thursday morning, according to Nexstar Media sister station WKRN-TV. County sheriffs said a needle was found in a gummy ring.

How often does this really happen?

Snopes, the website that fact-checks urban legends, has dubbed the perennial allegation of sharp objects shoved in trick-or-treating candy “True.” But the site’s staff said sharp objects are more often likely to be pranks, rather than a serious attempt to cause harm.

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