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Community rallies to save Christmas after vandals tear down Champlin lights display


Peter Brown was miserable after vandals trashed his holiday lights display on Christmas Eve – but the Champlin community wasn't about to let it ruin his Christmas.

FOX 9 reports Brown's "elaborate" display has been bringing cheer to the neighborhood for five years, but there was a serious risk that local Grinches would make it a blue Christmas after they pulled down his 20-foot-tall clock tower at 5 a.m. on Thursday.

He said it would have taken several days to rebuild, were it not for the efforts of neighbors who turned out on the evening of Christmas Eve to help put it back up.

"It's just a beautiful light show. To see it down is really sad so we wanted to make sure it was up for Christmas," one of his neighbors, Blake Loughrey, told the TV station.

Brown earlier this month posted a video of his fully-functioning lights display on Facebook, which you can watch below.

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Posted by Peter Brown on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

According to WCCO, Brown has video surveillance footage that appears to show vandals pulling up in a car and tying something to the clock tower display before speeding away, tearing down part of the tower that had taken 40 hours to build.

But thanks to the community effort, it only took two hours to put it back up.

KARE 11 reports Brown has almost 23,000 lights on display at his home on Louisiana Ave. North – with 2,200 on the clock tower alone – and he starts setting up the lights every August.

Last year, people started sending him donations for the display, which he decided to donate to charity, with this year's recipient being Fostering Families Inc., a nonprofit helping foster care children in Chisago County.

You can find the Browns' light display on 11308 Louisiana Ave. North in Champlin, KARE 11 notes. They run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. through New Year's.

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