Fire breaks out on Testudo mascot statue at U. of Maryland

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Every semester during finals week, students at the University of Maryland, College Park place "offerings" around a 1,000-pound bronze statute of Testudo, the campus' mascot, for good luck.

Sometime after midnight, Testudo was ablaze after those offerings caught fire, according to several witnesses who expressed their shock on social media.

Campus police are investigating the cause of the fire, and they said "malicious intent" has not been ruled out.

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