Christmas decoration fools veteran, tries to save ‘falling’ man


AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) – Christmas decorations at a Texas man’s home is causing panic. The Heerlein family in Austin recently put up this display for a contest. They bought a dummy online and positioned a ladder beneath it to look like it is tipping over.

It’s a recreation of the scene from the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” where Clark Griswold hangs from the roof while putting up Christmas lights. 

For some people, it looked a little too realistic because the Heerleins said someone rushed in to help, thinking it was a real person. 

They even called 9-1-1 along with about a dozen others. Since then, the family added a sign to the bottom of the display that explains the decoration for anyone else who might be concerned. 

For the man that rushed in to help because he thought there was a danger. They say they’re giving him a $500 giftcard to show their appreciation for his caring actions. 

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