A nine-year-old boy is getting checked out at hospital after he was poked in the hand by a needle while playing in a sand pit at a park in Mississauga.

Peel Regional Police say they were called to Sgt. David Yakichuk Park, in the area of Confederation Parkway and Dundas Street West after 8 p.m. for a report of a boy being poked by a needle.

They say the needle was removed and Mississauga Works crews were called to clean up the park.

The boy was brought to hospital for an examination as a precaution.

Police remained at the scene for several hours to keep the public away from the park.

Anyone who locates a needle in a public place is asked to call 311 or Peel Region Public Health.