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Smoke but no fire
A creative billboard on U.S. 10 in Mounds View, Minn., displays a large pepperoni pizza with what is meant to look like steam rising from the pie. The problem: Many motorists have called 911 to report the billboard is on fire. “I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time, but one we’ve had to react to,” Mounds View Police Chief Nate Harder told the Duluth News Tribune. Similar billboards in other parts of the Midwest advertising Casey’s General Stores have also resulted in complaints. On May 12, the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Police Department posted an item on its Facebook page asking residents to stop phoning in complaints about their local steaming Casey’s billboard.