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CENTRAL - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating at least 17 cases where homemade spikes punctured tires in Central.

We first reported on the problem one month ago, as tire shops began seeing the welded nails popping tires. This week, another resurgence of the homemade barbs began appearing in tires and at tire shops. The spikes are made out of four nails and are welded together. They form a triangle shape, and stick up when they land on the road.

"It's still happening," Glenn Harris with Ross Tire said. "This is fresh, Sunday after church the guy got this one."

Michael Posey ran over one of the spikes this week. He is driving around on a spare tire.

"People are working hard to take care of their families and may not make it home because you threw a nail out, it's not funny," Posey said.

Carl Gaudin also hit one.  He had to pay more than $100 to replace a tire on his truck.

"I noticed when I got out at the house, air was escaping," Gaudin said. "I looked and saw an apparatus hanging out the tread of the tire."

The area where drivers appear to be picking up the spikes is at Magnolia Bridge Road and Greenwell Springs Road. Today, drivers also reported picking up spikes on Joor Road near Denham Road.

"What I fear and pray does not happen is someone get hurt because a blow out along a two lane highway with deep ditches," Councilman Shane Evans said. "It could cause a terrible accident."

News 2 checked with at least five tire shops in the Central area. They reported fixing or replacing at least 20 tires with the homemade spikes.

Gaudin hopes detectives find the people who are doing it, before something bad happens.

"The world is bad enough and throws you enough obstacles rather than somebody doing something malicious to us," Gaudin said.

A $2,000 reward is being offered to find the person responsible for tossing out the spikes. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office would like to hear from anyone who had to fix or replace their tires because of this. You are asked to call 225-389-5061.

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