One California family’s Halloween decorations prompted many calls to 911 about a house on fire — but the flames and smoke were merely special effects.
Carmen and Travis Long drew attention to their Riverside home on Halloween when passersby confused the orange lights in their windows and fog from a smoke machine for an actual blaze.
The display prompted calls to 911 from concerned witnesses, but the local fire department was aware of the display and assured callers that it was all special effects.
The Longs said the fake fire, and their Halloween display was inspired by Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean amusement park ride.
“My husband ‘stole’ the idea from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland,” Carmen Long told WTVT-TV in 2020. “It’s just satin cloth, an orange light, a red light, and a fan.”
The fire department said the Longs have a fire alarm system in their home that will alert the department if there is a real fire at the house.