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Rangers Seek Ocracoke Lighthouse Vandals

Cape Hatteras National Seashore rangers are looking for help catching those responsible for two acts of vandalism at Ocracoke Light Station.

Anyone with information that may help determine the individuals, circumstances, and events that led to the acts of vandalism are asked to contact the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch. Call or text the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or submit a tip at

Rangers noticed Sept. 27 that a wooden ventilation slat was missing from the Ocracoke Lighthouse door and the wire screening behind the missing wooden slat was forcibly detached from the door.

Then on Oct. 5, rangers discovered that numerous windows were damaged in the Keeper’s Quarters, lighthouse and several outbuildings. It is believed that the damages were caused sometime between the evening of Oct. 3 and the morning of Oct. 5.

Completed in 1823, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

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