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Kids flip bulldozer at strip mining site

DILLNET, Pa., April 25 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania State Police said two children ages 12 and 9 caused about $150,000 in damage when they used an excavator to flip a bulldozer.

Police said the children arrived at the strip mining site in Dillnet between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday and drove a large excavator about 400 to 500 yards, WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Monday.

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Investigators said the children used the excavator to flip a bulldozer, causing about $150,000 in damage, and threw rocks to smash out the windows of another bulldozer.

The children also depleted 19 fire extinguishers, destroying the radiator of a large dump truck in the process.

The total damage at the site was estimated at $164,000, police said.

The 12-year-old is facing a charge of felony criminal mischief while the 9-year-old is under the age of culpability for the crime, police said.

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