Texas family's Christmas Vacation-inspired holiday display sparks panic

Texas family's Christmas Vacation-inspired holiday display sparks panic

Neighbors frantically called 911 after seeing the Heerlein family's elaborate decorations that recreated a classic scene from the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation where Clark Griswold dangles from the roof.

Chris Heerlein suspended the dummy from the roof of his house and placed a ladder underneath the dummy to make it appear as if the ladder had tipped over. Norwood told KVUE while laughing.

A Texas family is stirring up alarm with their overly realistic Christmas decorations, prompting some passersby to call 911, reports WIVB.

Large Griswold-style holiday light displays increasing power use and costs in B.C. "Whatever he had to do, he was going to save old Clark Griswold".

Although "Clark" is clearly a dummy, people walking by were concerned enough to call for help.

An Austin police officer then responded to the 9-1-1 call and spoke with a nanny who was in the house at the time. "We have a very special gift that we would like to give him and we'd like to tell him thank you", Wheless said.

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Luckily, the passerby, a retired veteran, had a good sense of humor about the situation once he realized it wasn't real.

The family now has a sign attached to the bottom of the ladder saying the dummy is part of their holiday display and not to call emergency officials.

'I thought, "Oh my God! Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!"

They're also giving the man who rushed to help a $500 gift card.

"I was trying to get him down any way I can".

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