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Scary Situation Forces Neighbors to Demolish Haunted House

COLUMBUS (Maria Durant/Kate Liebers) --  Even haunted houses need permits a regulation one family discovered the tough way.

After days of building their neighborhood haunted house in West Jefferson, Autumn Brown learned their structure was violating village codes.

There was bare wood with nails sticking out. There were several extension cords, wires haphazard around the yard, Mayor Darlene Steele said, citing the inspectors report.

Based on the information we had there, supplies he saw, it was not safe and no permit to put it up, she said.

Brown said the house was still a work in progress and that the finished product would have been safe.  Most of the structure was made of Styrofoam, so as to not hurt anyone if it fell.

It wasnt finished. If anything was exposed it was because it wasnt cleaned up yet, Brown said.

Still, because the builders had no permit, the inspector ordered the house be torn down.

The news was disappointing to children as well as the adults involved, who spent about $1,000 on materials.

Yet the neighborhoods dreams to enjoy a good spook have been resurrected. The American Legion invited the neighbors to use their space on Friday.

Steele applauded the neighbors creativity and encouraged them to try again next year after checking in with the village inspector.

I would gladly help, but we need to make sure its safe for children to go through, she said. 

 
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