A holiday display based on the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” was a little too realistic, causing a retired veteran who was passing by to “freak out,” USA Today reports.
The home display — reportedly an attempt to win an Austin, Texas, neighborhood’s annual contest — re-creates a scene from the movie in which Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, is left dangling from the edge of a roof when his ladder falls. You can see it in USA Today’s video report below.
The realistic scene created by Chris Heerlein prompted a passer-by to spring into action in an effort to save “Griswold.” The incident, which reportedly took place just one day after the display was created, was captured on the family’s Nest Cam video.
After authorities informed the family that they had been “getting calls” about the display, the Heerleins added a sign pointing out that it’s just a holiday decoration and urging people not to call 911.
The family eventually made contact with the veteran, who received a $500 gift card for his heroics, according to media reports.
Here’s the USA Today video report.