Secret documents should not be parade confetti

 You don't expect to find this while a huge 
turkey balloon floats down the street.

Ethan Finkelstein and his friends were watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade when he noticed some confetti stuck to a friend's coat:
"It landed on her shoulder," Finkelstein told PIX11 News, "and it says 'SSN' and it's written like a social security number, and we're like, 'That's really bizarre.'

It made the Tufts University freshman concerned, so he and his friends picked up more of the confetti that had fallen around them.

"There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police."

One confetti strip indicates that it's from an arrest record, and other strips offer more detail. "This is really shocking," Finkelstein said. "It says, 'At 4:30 A.M. a pipe bomb was thrown at a house in the Kings Grant' area."
Police investigated and discovered that the confetti was made from classified police documents from the Nassau County Police Department.

In the spirit of the day, a police employee standing near Mr.  Finkelstein brought the shredded documents for his friends and family to use as confetti.

The police department is considering getting cross-cut shredding machines that reduce documents to small shredded pieces of paper rather than the horizontal slices that were found.

And they very likely had a spirited chat with that employee.

- Long Island cops probe how secret information became NYC confetti, Ars Technica>>
- PIX11 EXCLUSIVE: Nassau County POLICE EMPLOYEE Brought Classified Confetti to Thanksgiving Parade, WPIX>>

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