EVESHAM, Pa., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania man's Halloween display was saved by local supporters after police said the decorations in front of his home were distracting to drivers.
Dave Newman, 58, a postal worker who for about 20 years has turned the exterior of his family's home in Evesham a spooky Halloween celebration, was told by police officers a few weeks ago that his yard was a distraction, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.
The officer, Newman said, said authorities had received "numerous" complaints that his display distracted drivers.
"I couldn't believe it," Newman said.
The day after the officer's visit, Newman put up signs announcing, "I'm done," and that he was selling his decorations.
Much to his surprise, community members were not pleased to find out that he was taking down his display.
Newman's daughter Ashley, 27, created a Facebook campaign to save her father's display and a TV news report generated a surge of support.
Local businessman John Carroll even gave Newman $500 to go on with the show.
"I've been taking my kids past his house for 20 years," said Carroll. "I couldn't believe someone complained. I just wanted to help out and let him know he's appreciated."
In the end, Newman decided to keep his display up.
"It totally floored me," Newman said. "It brings me to tears even now."
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