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The 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade had a bit of controversy stirred into it this year as the confetti dropped on excited patrons watching loveable floats pass by were actually created from not-well-shredded police documents.
According to Gawker, the specks that flew down at the viewers were shredded police documents of the Nassau Police Department. The confetti was filled with information including police social security numbers and detailed criminal incidents, one of which included a pipe bombing, the report states.
And if social security numbers floating down weren’t bad enough, some documents even revealed the names of some undercover police officers, WIPX reports.
“There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police,” one confetti-stricken person revealed.
“It says, 'At 4:30 A.M. a pipe bomb was thrown at a house in the Kings Grant' area,” Ethan Finkelstein, a college student, explained. Other pieces of information found included safety measures taken behind Mitt Romney’s motorcade.
The Nassau County Police Department released a statement shortly after receiving complaints of the information-filled confetti which reads, “The Nassau County Police Department is very concerned about this situation. We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents."