Iconic Hollywood sign vandalized to read ‘Hollyweed’

Posted: 11:51 AM, Jan 01, 2017
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.