Who's dumping nails on Highway 58? Dealers report increase in puncture repairs

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Someone has been dumping thousands of No. 6 construction nails along Highway 58 in Michigan, and one motorcycle dealer reports repairing tires on 20 bikes due to the stunt.

"We had one customer that had seven nails in one tire," Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson parts manager David Zambon told WLUC TV.

The nails started puncturing tires about a month ago. Authorities believe the nails are dumped on purpose as new nails keep showing up between Melstrand and Grand Marais. At least 60 tire punctures have been reported.

"Most people don't realize how dangerous it is to have a flat on a motorcycle; with the corners that are here on H-58, it's a recipe for disaster," Brad Kolbus of UP Cruising, a website dedicated to motorcycling Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, told the station. The site is offering a $2,000 reward for tips leading to the capture of the culprit, and is taking donations to up the ante.

Anyone with information about the nails is asked to call Michigan State Police Negaunee Post at 906-475-9922, the Alger County Sheriff's Department at 906-387-4444, or Munising Detachment at 906-387-4551.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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