The city of Sweet Springs is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person, or of the people, involved in turning on fire hydrants on Sunday, June 23.
The vandals drained the water tower of 360,000 gallons of water between the hours of 1 and 4:30 a.m. by turning on several fire hydrants all over town.
The water tower was completely drained, according to City Clerk Rhonda Neinhueser. The water tower holds 250,000 gallons. The additional 110,000 gallons may have already been in the water system, but Neinhueser noted she couldn't be sure as she was just going off of the numbers from the public works department.
Sweet Springs Police Chief Richard Downing said the city is looking at around $5,000 in damages to one of the streets affected by the opened hydrants.
Those with any information should contact Downing at 660-335-6823.