Libby Stevens of Leesburg, Va., says a large Romney sign was burned in her front yard

10:02 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA) -- Signs that the political climate's on fire?
One Leesburg couple found their actual Romney sign burning in their front yard.

A driver stopped to alert the Stevens Monday around 2 a.m.
Libby Stevens said, "It was scary. There was a knock at the door. There was a fireball in my front yard."

That set off Libby Stevens' two dogs. The Stevenses are Romney supporters. Before it all went up in flames, Stevens took a few snapshots of what was left of their 4-by-8 foot Romney sign in the front yard.

"There are political signs up and down the street. It's disheartening and sad that someone would chose to do this. shame on them. It's freedom of speech. What's wrong with them?" Libby Stevens said.

Stevens says that the 400 block of South King Street in Leesburg is diverse and friendly. Neighbors have differing views, and put up both Democratic and Republican signs. They've had signs stolen before but never had one burn to the ground.

Sandi Redman is a Democrat and says, "Everybody in our neighborhood is peaceful. It's shocking someone would go to that lengthy to make it a negative political environment."

Chris Ann Matteo is also a neighboring Democrat and says "We should be able to do this without threat to each other. We should be able to support each other as neighbors."

Stevens says she's had smaller Romney signs stolen in the past at her home.
Redman says, "I'm glad she has strong political beliefs, and she has a right to put up her signs in her yard."

Stevens says even her neighbor, Democratic Senator Mark Herring, stopped by to condemn the act.

Stevens has since put up a much smaller sign.
If this person is caught they face destruction of property charges.
The Romney campaign says it will loan Stevens another big sign to replace the one that burned down.

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