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Cranford Police Department
Friday April 26th, 2024 :: 03:00 p.m. EDT


Subject: Safety Advisory - Concerns over Students Engaging in Water Wars

The Cranford Police Department and Cranford Public Schools are issuing this joint statement to address the significant concerns associated with students participating in "water wars." While the concept of water fights may seem harmless, these activities can quickly escalate and lead to serious consequences for individuals and the community as a whole.

We wish to highlight the following points regarding the risks involved:

  1. Safety Hazards: Water wars often involve the use of water guns, balloons, and other projectiles, which can cause injuries ranging from minor bruises to more severe harm, including eye injuries and slips and falls.  Additionally, in recent days the Cranford Police Department responded to at least 3 events in which callers believed that, based on the hour of this activity and the observed behaviors of individuals wearing ski masks, water wars participants were potential car thieves.  In one instance the caller stated that there was an individual in their driveway holding a firearm.

  2. Traffic Safety: Engaging in water wars near roadways or in areas with vehicular traffic poses a significant danger to participants and motorists. Distractions caused by sudden water attacks can lead to accidents and injuries, endangering not only those involved in the water fight but also innocent bystanders.  

  3. Property Damage: Water wars often involve trespassing onto private property without permission. The process of engaging in water wars can cause damage to houses, landscaping, and personal belongings.

As members of the community, we all have a role to play in promoting safety and fostering a culture of responsibility among our youth. Parents, guardians, and community leaders are urged to engage in open dialogues with students about the potential dangers of water wars and to encourage them to make informed decisions.

The Cranford Police Department and Cranford Public Schools remain committed to working together to address these concerns and ensure the well-being of all members of our community. Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your ongoing support in keeping our community safe.


Chief Ryan Greco
Cranford Police Department


Scott Rubin
Cranford Public Schools

Cranford Police Department
8 Springfield Ave
Cranford, NJ 07016

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