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Hospital Will X-Ray Halloween Candy

By: Julie Maloney
By: Julie Maloney

Before you eat all that Halloween candy, you might want to take a closer look.

That's what officials at one eastern Kentucky hospital were doing Halloween night.

Parents are often concerned about what exactly neighbors and strangers pour into their children's trick-or-treat bag.
But Tuesday night, one hospital helped keep parents from worrying.

Tricks and Treats bring bright-eyed children to stranger's homes this time every year.

This Halloween night, the bags of candy led many to the hospital but not for an ordinary visit.

"People will hide razor blades or used needles in apples," Christopher Blair said.

"We X-ray the candy to make sure there isn't anything in the candy that shouldn't be in the candy," Blair said.

Blair says parents should always be weary of fruit given to their kids.

That's why some say they never hand out candy unless it's wrapped.

Blair recommends when preparing treats, not to use paper bags with metal. Instead use ziploc bags that way you can see metal and sharp objects inside.

Blair found staples in Alexis Potter's trick or treat bag, but luckily they were at the top to hold it together.

Alexis, who is disguised as a hippie, was a little upset about waiting to have her candy checked.

She says she understands it's worth the wait to have a safe and Happy Halloween.

If you're a parent who hasn't yet looked through your children's candy, the Jenkins Community Hospital will still X-ray candy Wednesday.


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