Police investigating sign arson

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.

Police are investigating the arson of a campaign sign Saturday morning. 

Kelowna mayoral candidate Bobby Kennedy, whose sign on Lakeshore Road was torched at about 6:45 a.m., says he's reported the apparent arson to police, and an RCMP file has been opened. 

Kennedy says there are traffic cameras in the area, and police are planning on reviewing the cameras' footage. 

UPDATE: 12 p.m.

Bobby Kennedy says he has since replaced his destroyed campaign sign after it was set on fire Saturday morning. 

He says he believes the arson was "probably just a random occurrence," but says he faced campaign sign vandalism when he ran for city council in 2014. 

"People damaging election signs is just part of the game," Kennedy said. 

ORIGINAL: 10:45 a.m.

Political discourse may be reaching a flashpoint in Kelowna, after a campaign sign was lit on fire Saturday morning.

A Kelowna resident was driving along Lakeshore Road at about 6:45 a.m. when he stopped at a red light at Eldorado Road. When he looked across the road, he noticed a campaign sign for mayoral candidate Bobby Kennedy was on fire.

“I don't know how many minutes before I got there, but it looked like someone just lit it on fire,” said Dimitri. “I didn't see anyone running off or driving by.”

Two nearby signs for school trustee candidate Peter Pagliocchini were untouched.

The sign, which reads “The right choice for mayor,” appears to have been completely destroyed. It's unclear if any other signs were targeted.

Kennedy says he doesn't know if it was just a random act of vandalism or if he was targeted specifically.

“Everybody's got haters, and if you've got haters it means you're probably doing something right. If you've got haters, hopefully you've got supporters too and I think we do have a lot of supporters,” Kennedy said.

“Regardless if it's targeted or just random, you know what, we're just down a sign.

"Maybe it's just 'Bobby Kennedy's fire in the streets,' maybe that's what they're trying to tell everyone, who knows.”

Police have yet to say if they're investigating.

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