Illegal...But Eye-Catching: Bubbles spew from Greenville St. Park

by W. Winston Skinner

alt

Bubbles flow outward from the fountain at the Greenville Street Park as Newnanites headed to work on Thursday.

Commuters heading out of downtown Newnan on Thursday were greeted by a soapy, foamy surprise.

Someone put something soapy into the fountain at the Greenville Street Park. About 7 a.m., the fountain was whipping up a continual wall of foam. Masses of bubbles were scattered all over the park.

Occasionally, a large piece would glide — iceberg style — along a sidewalk. Large hunks were lifted into the air until they found a place to land. The practice is illegal. Newnan Police Chief D.L. “Buster” Meadows said his department will charge violators “if we can determine who put the bubble producing solution into the fountain.”

The charge is criminal trespass, unless damages exceed $500. For higher amounts, second degree criminal damage to property applies.

“Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor, and criminal damage to property in the second degree is a felony,” Meadows said. “They could also be charged with interference with government — which would be a misdemeanor.”

Bubble aficionados have poured solutions into the fountain at the city park on Temple Avenue in the past. Meadows said “it has been several years” since a case was made for someone putting soap into a city fountain.

On Thursday morning, some who lived or worked near the park took time to check out the abundance of soapy stuff. One youngster visiting with his parents had a simple evaluation of the moving walls of iridescent bubbles: “This is awesome.”



More Local

Contract for second entrance of Newnan Centre approved

The Newnan Centre meeting facility will be getting its entrance on Lower Fayetteville Road, after Newnan City Council approved Southeastern ... Read More


Cowetans fall victim to jury duty scam

Three Cowetans have become victims of a new scam in the county where they were made to believe they missed jury duty and were required to pa ... Read More


Tractor-trailer split by train

A tractor-trailer delivery truck was split in half by a train in downtown Grantville early Wednesday, with the driver and a passenger escapi ... Read More


Stabbing suspect, victim both land in jail

A woman suspected of stabbing her live-in boyfriend multiple times with a kitchen knife in June turned herself in to the Coweta County Jail ... Read More


Perdue, Wilson win runoff elections

Recount likely in Republican school superintendent race

t’s not over until it’s over. And the runoff election may not be over until a recount is held. The Republican runoff for state s ... Read More

With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

ATLANTA (AP) — Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat ... Read More