In theory, it may seem like a harmless prank, but Plymouth city officials aren't laughing after someone recently dumped soap into the iconic Kellogg Park fountain.

Officials discovered the foamy mess after turning on the fountain for the season. They fired up the fountain on Sunday and by Monday, they had to shut it down again so crews could clean and repair it.

These unknown knucklehead culprits probably thought the fountain would just foam up and everyone would get a good laugh. I'm sure they never once thought of the real mess they were creating.

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According to Hometown Life, the foamy incident was the latest in a long string of vandals damaging the fountain over the years. The city spends about $1,000 each time they have to clean, replace parts damaged by soap or make other related repairs.

City Manager Paul Sincock:

There are people who are planning engagement photos or wedding photos or graduation photos or just coming to downtown Plymouth to enjoy the fountain and instead they are greeted with either the fountain not running or a big mess. It's disappointing.

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The city isn't going to take it easy on the person or persons responsible for the crime. They say they will hit them with a malicious mischief charge. They feel it's the only way that they can send a message to others thinking about playing similar pranks.

The original fountain served as the park's centerpiece for more than 50 years but was demolished in 2021. The replacement fountain was completed later that same year.

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