3 Syringes Found in Sherman Oaks Park Sandbox: LAPD

Three syringes were found in the sandbox of a Sherman Oaks park this week, according to Los Angeles Police officials.

The syringes were found at Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center at 14201 Huston St. about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Crews from the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks cleared the park and found an additional syringe, LAPD Capt. Liliana Carranza said in a tweet.

The LAPD Van Nuys division is investigating the incident and “providing extra patrol,” Carranza tweeted.

It is unknown how long the syringes were at the park or if any children were affected.

Officer Michael Perez told KTLA that the syringes likely came from drug users who were using at the park and disposed the needles in the there.

The sandbox at the park remained cordoned off early Friday as crews cleaned it, but it was eventually reopened. Several LAPD officers were at the park as parents visited with their children.

"It is sad," Steve Carnell  said while visiting the park Friday. "Where are you going to send your kids now? Places like this should be safe."