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November 1, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Dummy dangling from Seattle billboard causes stir

There is not points to locate on the map

Seattle firefighters responded to a call this morning of a lifeless man dangling on the side of a downtown billboard.

The call came in about 11:22 a.m. after someone spotted the body high above Second Avenue near Virginia Street. The body was slumped over, with a rope around its waist.

“Somebody thought it was a window-washer,” said Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department.

But it took rescue workers less than a minute to realize the body was actually a dummy, Moore said.

At first they thought it might be a Halloween prank, but it turned out to be part of an insurance ad by Lifewise Health Plan, he said.

The billboard features a giant agent looking down at the dummy, with the slogan: “A dependable plan that’s there when you need it.”

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