Texas family freaks out passerby with dangling Clark Griswold Christmas display

AUSTIN – All a Northwest Austin homeowner wanted was to win their annual neighborhood contest.

Instead, they nearly gave a passerby a heart attack!

Earlier this week, the Heerlein family put up a display paying homage to the scene from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” where Clark Griswold hangs from the roof of his house while trying to put up Christmas lights.

They bought a dummy online and put a Clark Griswold mask on it, then scoured Goodwill for clothes that look exactly like the ones Chevy Chase wears in the movie.

Chris Heerlein hung the dummy from his own roof and rigged a ladder underneath to look like it was tipping over.

But one day later, a passerby saw the display and started panicking, thinking it was a real person hanging off the gutters.

The entire thing was captured on Nest Cam video.

“Oh mister, please hold on!” You can hear the man say, and he wrestles with the ladder, trying to stand it back up to save the dummy.

After a few frantic moments, he yelled “HELP!” to people driving by on the street and called 9-1-1.

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