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Hamburg to lookie-loos: Stay off the ice hills

The Town of Hamburg has a message for those who want to see the huge piles of ice hugging the Lake Erie shoreline:

Stay away.

"We are asking citizens to please STAY OFF the piles. They are comprised of extremely heavy slabs of ice, precariously stacked, are unstable and very hazardous. Their stability is constantly changing," the town's Emergency Services posted on its Facebook page.

As Emergency Services Manger Sean Crotty was pulling up to Hoover Beach late Tuesday morning he saw someone out on the ice, blew his siren, and yelled at them to get off the ice.

"It's not only safety," he said, "it's courtesy and respect."

The town also is asking people to respect the privacy of those who live at Hoover Beach, and to not trespass on their property to get photos.

Hamburg also is reminding people that vehicular traffic is prohibited on Woodlawn Beach, where people and vehicles have been traveling.

"We can't stress enough how dangerous those piles are. While we appreciate the opportunity for a once in a lifetime photo, it needs to be realized the extreme danger that it poses," the statement said.


Signs warn gawkers against climbing on the piles of ice blocks on Lake Erie shore. (T.J. Pignataro/Buffalo News)

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