Viewers on the sidelines of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade were shocked to find that some of the confetti falling from the sky were actually shredded police documents.
While many believed that the fact that they were shredded makes them invalid, they were still apparently legible.
According to WPIX, the confidential documents belonged to the Nassau County Police Department which contained "social security numbers and banking information for police employees, some of whom are undercover officers."
A college student named Ethan Finklestein found the documents and told WPIX:
"It landed on [a friend's] shoulder," Finkelstein told PIX11 News, "and it says 'SSN' and it's written like a social security number, and we're like, 'That's really bizarre.'
"There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police."
One confetti strip indicates that it's from an arrest record, and other strips offer more detail. Finklestein says:
"This is really shocking," Finkelstein said. "It says, 'At 4:30 A.M. a pipe bomb was thrown at a house in the Kings Grant' area."
According to reports, the documents were shredded horizontally, which is why they were easy to read and comprehend. This was said to be one of the less secure methods of shredding confidential papers.
The Nassau County Police Department is reportedly very concerned and investigating the papers.
SOURCE: Huffington Post