WESTBROOK, Maine (CIRCA via WGME) — Maine's famous frozen spectacle is still catching people's attention, even from a few states away.
On Thursday, a New Jersey man was spotted out on the ice disk, cutting into it with a chain saw, but residents in Westbrook aren't happy he's doing it.
Christopher Angulo says he's not trying to destroy it. Instead, he wants to carve a peace sign in it.
He says he's been on and off the ice, even putting American flags on it.
The 300-foot disk formed in the Presumpscot River last week, and hundreds have been to Westbrook to see it.
Angulo says he is just trying to send a message of positivity.
"I’m an arborist. I’m a tree climber; it makes me uniquely qualified to do this because I use chainsaws (and) ropes," Angulo said. "I'm making a giant peace sign, and I want it to spin around so bad and create that visual for people to see of peace making the world go around in Westbrook."
The city of Westbrook says it strongly discourages people from going out on the ice, but Westbrook police say there's no law against chopping river ice.
The police said unless the person is endangering themselves or another person, it isn't a law enforcement matter.
Residents in the town of about 18,000 have left comments on WGME's Facebook page criticizing the man's actions.
Comments include, "Go back to where you came from," "He should be arrested," "New Jersey folk can’t pump their own fuel for reasons like this," and, "He's why we can't have ice things."