Kansas State U sukkah done in by weather, not vandals
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Kansas State U sukkah done in by weather, not vandals

Festival booth was found bent, destroyed, wrapped around car of organizer, but cops close case after witnesses say it blew away in wind

Anderson Hall at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. (CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)
Anderson Hall at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. (CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

A sukkah erected on the campus of Kansas State University was damaged by severe weather and not vandalism as first reported.

The sukkah was found bent, destroyed and wrapped around a car on the night of October 6. It was initially believed that the sukkah had been vandalized, since its pieces were found around the car of organizer Glen Buickerood, a graduate student who works on diversity initiatives at the school and who is not Jewish.

The campus Hillel had purchased the sukkah.

The Wichita Eagle on Friday reported that the Kansas State University Police Department determined that the damage to the sukkah was caused by the weather, including thunderstorms, heavy rain and high winds, and not vandalism. Other cars also were damaged in the storm.

The Kansas State University Police Department has concluded the investigation of damage to a Sukkah and vehicles and…

Posted by K-State Police Department on Friday, 13 October 2017

Witnesses told police they saw the sukkah tumbling in the wind during the storm with no people around it, the newspaper reported.

“We now consider this case closed and have determined no crime has taken place,” said Lt. Bradli Millington, K-State Police public information officer.

The sukkah was rebuilt two days later.

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