Cleveland portable speed camera lit on fire, sustains damage in 8500 block of Hough Avenue

Camera suffered cosmetic damage

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland portable speed camera sustained damage after it was lit on fire Dec. 2, according to the city.

The camera, located in the 8500 block of Hough Avenue, only suffered cosmetic damage, the city of Cleveland said, but its antenna was ruined.

The metal on the outside of the camera unit showed smoke damage and some rubber gaskets were burned, according to the incident report. Someone intentionally used a flame to light a plastic container with a flammable liquid on top of the camera unit.

Inside the unit, the camera was not harmed, according to the city.

The supplier, Xerox, is currently restoring the portable camera unit,the city said. Most of the cosmetic damage has been repaired. Repairmen are awaiting a replacement antenna.

The camera is only activated when a car travels at or over the speed limit within the radar area.

An investigation into the fire is ongoing. Cleveland Division of Fire asks anyone with information to contact the department at (216) 664-6800.

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