Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' display causes panic

'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' display causes 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.

He told ABC 13: "I was trying to get him down any way I can".

A man even ran over to the ladder, thinking it was a real person.

'He was doing everything he could to get the ladder and save Clark, ' Wheless said to ABC.

Although "Clark" is clearly a dummy, people walking by were concerned enough to call for help. Norwood told KVUE while laughing.

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The family chose to put up a sign at the bottom of the ladder that reads: "Clark G is part of our Christmas display please do not call 911".

A day later though, Alfred, a retired veteran, walked by the fake Clark Griswold display and mistakingly thought the dummy was a legitimate human about to fall.

Police reportedly came to the home and said that they had seen displays like this one previously and were getting calls about it.

The family has also reached out to the passerby to thank him for his concern, according to KVUE. They issued a public apology and gave him a gift card to thank him for his heroic actions. "Then I thought, 'Oh my God I hope he's not dead, lemme call 9-1-1'".

Clark W. Griswold never won any awards for his epic display of Christmas lights, which is a shame, because he really went all out while dealing with the stress of waiting for a Christmas bonus. "Let me call 911,"' Norwood said to KVUE.

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