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Lowcountry Haunted House Vandalized

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Just one day before Halloween, and true terror struck one lowcountry haunted house.

But with the help of volunteers and many hours of work, the Broad River haunted house, owned by the McElveen's,  is back in the scaring business tonight.

Just yesterday, the house suffered more than $5,000 in damage after it was vandalized.

Walls slashed and punched through, set pieces broken and strobe lights destroyed,  and expensive costumes thrown into the Broad River, it was quite a shock for owners last night.

"We came in around five o'clock and saw that everything was destroyed, walls were ripped down, slashed, the cash register beat-up, strobe lights broke. You know someone came in here and did some pretty serious damage," said owner, Ricky McElveen.

Every room was hit, and almost all of the props destroyed, a very difficult moment for the crew.

"Actually we were about to throw in the towel, but all of the volunteers had so much time and hard work in it, they were like no we cant stop. they all got in here and we worked and got in up and open for about an hour, but we had to turn most people away last night."

McElveen said some of the worst hit areas were their costume shop and the entranceway.

"All of the plastic was ripped down, inside of each section were ripped, the exit door was broke off the hinges, we had sound effects out here that were broke, and just throughout the house there were more damages."

Damage that took volunteers hours last night to patch up, but work still needed to be done today.

"You know I've been working on fixing everything back up, but like the table, the legs are broke off, all the stuff is down and we have a lot more to get going this afternoon so, we have about 30 people that will be here in about an hour to start fixing the rest of it up."

Owners say they were buying replacement costumes and fixing all they can before they open up tonight, because the show will go on. Doors open at 7:30 and not only are they open tonight but throughout the weekend.

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