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Christmas Display Lights Off Lawsuit After Holidays

STRONGSVILLE– The holidays are now over. The Christmas lights and displays have been taken down but one local Christmas display is still causing quite a stir.  Now, two neighbors are headed to court.

Dan Hoag’s Christmas light display on Crown Point Parkway in Strongsville would give Clark Griswold a run for his money.

“Best I’ve ever seen, especially right at the very end at the Hoag’s house. I mean if people haven’t seen it, it’s worth going to see every year,” said nearby resident Nick Shurtleff.

The Christmas light display usually kicks off on Thanksgiving evening followed by a fireworks display. That is where a complaint filed by Kevin Roberts says fireworks damaged his yard, his roof and his vehicle.

“They set off this massive fireworks display that lasts literally for 10 minutes and it’s like a fourth of July fireworks display,” said nearby resident Rachel Schoonmaker.  “They are setting them off in their backyard. They have like a massive stand and they have them up on there and they send them up from there.”

Kevin Roberts lives right next door to Dan Hoag’s house. According to his complaint, this fireworks display has been going on for seven years and his Thanksgiving dinner was ruined. Roberts’ complaint states that In 2011 a sibling was leaving his house on Thanksgiving night and was harassed by the crowd gathered outside to see the Thanksgiving festivities.  Roberts is suing for $3,000.

In spirit of Christmas, the Hoags are always giving back.  Residents say they have a mailbox outside the Christmas lights display for donations.

“Mailboxes that say donations and I know they go to various causes wherever they decide to send it to,” Shurtleff said.

For now, nearby residents will continue to enjoy the Christmas spirit on Crown Point Parkway.

“It’s remarkable actually,” said Schoonmaker.

Fox 8 reached out to Kevin Roberts seeking comment. He has not returned our call.  

Daniel Hoag declined comment until after the case was heard in Berea Municipal Court on January 30.