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  • There have been at least two cases this week of passing motorists calling 911 after mistakenly thinking Halloween decorations show real people in danger. Do you think these displays have gone too far?

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    Yes, they've gone too far
    21%
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    No, it’s the season to be scared
    15%
    160 votes
    No, the 911 callers just need to be more observant
    38%
    397 votes
    Maybe it should be toned-down a little
    11%
    120 votes
    There needs to be a sign telling people it’s a joke
    15%
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  • Click here to read about and see photos of both Halloween displays

Another Halloween display triggers 911 call, emergency response

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The dummy hanging from the Charlotte home on Wednesday morning. (Source: WBTV's Brad Stafford) The dummy hanging from the Charlotte home on Wednesday morning. (Source: WBTV's Brad Stafford)
A Christmas version of the dummy hanging by his hands from the gutter. (Source: Hoboken411.com) A Christmas version of the dummy hanging by his hands from the gutter. (Source: Hoboken411.com)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Another Halloween display triggered an emergency response – this time it was a "man" hanging by his hands from the rain gutter of a South Charlotte home.

The first incident happened earlier this week in Rowan County when a driver saw what he thought was a  bloody body under a riding lawnmower. (Click here to read that story and listen to 911) The Rowan County motorist called 911 and the story caught fire ending up first on WBTV.com then on Gawker, Telemundo and the London Daily Mail.

The latest false alarm happened Wednesday around 9 a.m. when a person on Houston Branch Road in Charlotte thought they saw a man who had lost a ladder and was in big trouble.

The reporting person said they saw a man hanging by his hands from the gutters on the roof of a home.

The Charlotte Fire Department was dispatched to the scene in the 2900 block of Houston Branch Road.

 The "man" was actually a dummy and was hanging by its hands from the gutter of a home.

That illusion is actually more popular around Christmas and is typically accompanied by a strand of Christmas lights that are hanging askew also. A crooked ladder is sometimes added for more realism.

In this case, the display was for Halloween, fire officials confirmed.

"The incident this morning was deemed as 'Good Intent' (call in) reference to a Halloween prop," said Capt. Mark Basnight, a spokesman for the Charlotte Fire Department.

A "good intent call" is sort of like a false alarm but with reason to think that it was an actual emergency and the caller had "good intent" when they made the call to 911.

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