Flight school owners at Santa Monica Airport tell the Santa Monica Daily Press that they suspect someone might have deliberately sprinkled hundreds of roofing nails on their driveways.
There's been three cases of between 40 and 150 1.5-inch nails at Justice Aviation, American Flyers and Krueger Aviation Inc. under investigation by the Santa Monica Police Department, the paper reports.
"There is the potential that this could become very serious if an accident occurs as a result of it," owner Joe Justice told the Daily Press.
Flight schools account for the majority of traffic at the airport, which for decades has been criticized by neighbors who aircraft are too noisy, unsafe and toxic. Anti-airport activists are calling on the Santa Monica City Council to curtail flight operations or relocate flight schools.
In response to speculation that the nails might have been a form of protest against the flight schools, Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution's Martin Rubin said, "our efforts focus on education and awareness of airport impacts on the surrounding communities. Video surveillance would be a useful tool at times like this."
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