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Yule log video on Roughriders stadium scoreboard sparks panicked 911 calls (video)

Dec 4, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT


The stadium’s on fire! Well, no, it was just the stadium video board for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, which featured a burning yule log video. But being as it was visible from the highway, some motorists thought it was a real fire raging at the stadium, and called the Regina fire department.

Good thing it wasn’t a Godzilla video. The Roughriders have been asked to remove it.

“I’m hoping that we can eliminate this and put something a little more appropriate up,” Deputy fire chief Gerard Kay said. “I mean, it is appropriate, but it is a public safety concern.

“Maybe some snowflakes or Santa or something like that,” he said.

Amusing comment on the CBC News web site:

It took me forever to get all the fire extinguisher residue off of my flat screen. — AJBinEC