Iconic Hollywood sign vandalized to read ‘Hollyweed’

Posted at 11:51 AM, Jan 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-01 15:27:30-05

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Los Angeles residents woke up Sunday to quite the surprise — someone vandalized the iconic Hollywood sign so it said "Hollyweed."

The sign has been restored back to its normal spelling, according to KTLA. Authorities took down the tarps that were allegedly used to cover and change the shape of the O's in "Hollywood."

KTLA reported that the surveillance video shows a "lone individual" climbing up Mount Lee between midnight and 2 a.m., scaling the sign using built-in ladders and then hanging tarpaulins over the O's to change them to E's.

Security sensors that trigger a police alert are located on parts of the sign, but can be easily avoided, according to KTLA. A road and foot path lead to the back of the sign, making it easily accessible for pedestrians and drivers.

A LAPD Security Services sergeant told KTLA it could be a New Year's prank or the work of a "thrill seeker."

Some suspect the alteration was made in connection with new recreational marijuana laws in California: last month, it became legal for those 21 and older to use recreational marijuana.