Farm display supporting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was set on FIRE just one day after it was built in Massachusetts
- A Joe Biden-Kamala Harris display in Dalton, Massachusetts, was set on fire
- The display was built at Holiday Brook Farm with 19 bales of hay that were wrapped and covered in paint
- Lonnie Durfee, 49, was arrested and charged with burning personal property
- Dicken Crane, owner of the farm, said the display was built after residents complaied that Biden signs were being stolen
A stack of hay bales on a western Massachusetts farm that were painted to show support for the Democratic presidential ticket went up in flames, and one man has been arrested in connection with the blaze, authorities said.
The unusual political display at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton featured 19 hay bales that were wrapped and painted with the words: USA and VOTE along with the names of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
Dicken Crane, owner of the farm, told The Berkshire Eagle that he was working Friday evening when he turned around and the display was on fire.
The display was only up one day before it was torched to the ground. No one was injured.
A display supporting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, Massachusetts was set on fire Friday evening
Pictured: a portion of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris display during the inferno on Friday evening
Crane told Boston 25 News that the display came after a number of Biden signs were stolen from people’s homes in Dalton.
‘We were seeing a lot of big Trump banners and only a few little small Biden signs that people kept complaining were being stolen, so we got the idea no one’s going to steal 1,200-pound round bales,’ he told the publication,
Crane said they expected the display to be vandalized, but never imagined it would be set on fire with gasoline.
‘It was very worrisome somebody would set those bales on fire, you had to wonder whether he would be willing to set a barn on fire,’ he added.
Crane told Boston 25 News that authorities quickly sussed out the suspect with help from community members.
‘The guy who did this was bragging in a bar that he was going to do it in front of a whole bunch of people and then when he went to the gas station to get the gas, he was bragging there that he was going to do it,’ said Crane.
Lonnie Durfee, of Dalton, was arrested for allegedly setting the 19 bales of hay on fire with gasoline
Dicken Crane: ‘It was very worrisome somebody would set those bales on fire, you had to wonder whether he would be willing to set a barn on fire’
Authorities said Saturday that Lonnie Durfee, 49, has been charged with burning personal property.
He’s expected to be arraigned in court on Tuesday and it was not immediately clear on Saturday whether he has an attorney to comment on his behalf.
Kate Pike, a farmer at Holiday Brook, told WNYT that she drove by the display just minutes before it was set on fire.
‘I actually was driving home and saw that it had been vandalized, so I pulled over to see what kind of vandalism had been done to it,’ Pike told the publication.
‘It looked like someone had poured something that looked kind of like coffee all over it, so I actually stopped and took a picture. It looked like kind of graffiti on it and [police] were able to use the timestamp of that photograph.’
Authorities later told Pike that the liquid she saw was likely motor oil. When the motor oil failed to burn the bales, Durfee allegedly came back with gasoline.
Crane told Boston 25 News that he will put up a new display, but it won’t outright endorse Biden.
‘But it’s not going to be a Biden sign, it’s going to be a ‘VOTE’ sign,’ he said, adding that he’s even received support from Trump supporters.
‘I’m hoping this will become something that actually brings people together, not pushes us apart,’ said Crane.