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In front of a group of interested parties, Kelly Parsons, from the Hermiston, Ore. Police Department, demonstrates soda blasting on an exterior brick wall of Darrah's Framing and Decorator Center Inc. The new technique is used to remove unwanted tags or other markings without having to paint over surfaces or otherwise damage them.

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Demonstration blows graffiti to dust

WALLA WALLA — Removing graffiti can help reduce gang violence, according to Hermiston Police Office Kelly Parsons, who demonstrated a soda blasting machine for Walla Walla crime prevention volunteers and police officers last week.

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