Enormous pro-Biden display made of hay bales set ablaze in Massachusetts
An enormous Joe Biden display made from 19 bales of hay was set ablaze across from a Massachusetts farm on Friday, a report said.
The political message, which read “USA — Vote Biden Harris 2020,” was built by Dicken Crane, owner of Holiday Brook Farm, and a few other helpers a day before it was torched, Boston 25 News reported.
Dalton police on Saturday announced the arrest of 49-year-old suspect Lonnie Durfe, who was charged with arson.
“The guy who did this was bragging in a bar that he was going to do it in front of a whole bunch of people and then when he went to the gas station to get the gas, he was bragging there that he was going to do it,” Crane told the news station.
Crane said the idea to construct the massive display came about after other area signs in support of Biden’s campaign were reported stolen.
“We were seeing a lot of big Trump banners and only a few little small Biden signs that people kept complaining were being stolen, so we got the idea no one’s going to steal 1,200-pound round bales,” said Crane.
Crane conceded he anticipated to attract some troublemakers, but nothing like what came to be.
“We expected there might be some vandalism, but we never expected somebody would douse it with gasoline and set it on fire,” said Crane. “It was very worrisome somebody would set those bales on fire, you had to wonder whether he would be willing to set a barn on fire.”
The farmer told the outlet he planned to replace the scorched sign with a more neutral display that reads, “Vote.”
“I’m hoping this will become something that actually brings people together, not pushes us apart,” he said.
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