Senseless Vandalism Damages Canadian Observatory

Damage from vandalism at the Hamilton Centre, an observatory for amateur astronomers, part of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Image courtesy Victor Abraham/ Hamilton Centre.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s observatory in Hamilton, Ontario was vandalized earlier this month, with at least $100,000 in damage to equipment and facilities.

Security video shows two people using a truck to repeatedly ram into two buildings – the observatory and a meeting center — knocking down exterior walls on both buildings and damaging telescopes and other equipment inside. Nothing was stolen, but damaged for no apparent reason.

“It appears to be a failed robbery turned utter vandalism,” said the group’s president Andy Blanchard. “It looked like they wanted to destroy everything.”

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