Ponte Vedra woman finds metal shard in stepdaughter's Halloween candy

(St. Johns County Sheriff's Office photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The discovery a Ponte Vedra Beach mother made while sifting through her stepdaughter's Halloween haul underscores what local law enforcement have been saying all along: check your kids' candy.

Lucille Ferguson said she was going through the candy when she spotted a candy bar that stood out, according to an incident report. On closer inspection, she noticed a metal shard inside the wrapper.

It's not clear where the candy came from, but Ferguson speculated the metal might have gotten into the candy accidentally.

The report noted that Ferguson contacted the manufacturer and planned to send the candy, wrapper and metal in for inspection.

"The wrapper appeared as though some sort of malfunction with production equipment took place during the manufacturing and packaging of the product," the deputy wrote in the report.