Judge Makes Decision in Holiday Display Fight

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BEREA, Ohio– A judge has dismissed a man’s claim that his neighbor’s fireworks display ruined his Thanksgiving dinner.

However, the judge did rule that the neighbor must pay the man cleanup costs from the fireworks debris that fell on his property.

Kevin Roberts of Strongsville sued his next door neighbor, Daniel Hoag, after he claims a fireworks display this past Thanksgiving ruined his holiday dinner.

The lawsuit claimed fireworks debris fell on Roberts’ home and yard, and a family member suffered emotional distress from the crowds of people blocking the driveway to watch the display.

Monday, a judge ordered Hoag to pay just more than $300, plus court costs and interest, to the plaintiff for the cleanup costs.

But the judge threw out the claims for emotional distress and spoiling Thanksgiving dinner.

Hoag said he has received a tremendous outpouring of support and donations and the money left over after the settlement will be given to charity.

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