Wednesday, December 07, 2005
DEERFIELD TWP. — Sheriff's deputies asked the owner who lit up his house with 25,000 Christmas lights synched to music to turn off the display after a traffic accident Tuesday night.
Deerfield Twp. resident Carson Williams agreed to shut down his holiday decorations indefinitely.
Williams told a Cincinnati television station that sheriff's deputies could not reach the traffic accident because of the traffic lined up in his neighborhood.
The display caught attention across the nation on network TV and on the Internet because the lights on the Williams house and filling their yard are synchronized by computer with music broadcast to car radios. There are three songs in the 12-minute display: Frosty the Snowman by the Jackson 5; God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood and Wizards of Winter by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Williams turned his display on the week of Thanksgiving and motorists have lined up between 6 and 10 p.m. ever since.
For the time being, the only place to view the Williams' display will be online.
"He told us if we start having traffic problems that he would shut the display down for a while," Warren County sheriff's Lt. Ed Petrey said Wednesday morning.
Two cars collided in a minor accident at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on Simpson Creek Drive, which leads to Winding Creek Court, where the Williams live near Mason in southern Warren County. No one was injured.
Williams is an electrical engineer who said his family spent about $10,000 on the display. He had promised his neighbors they would shut it down if there were problems.
Welp, it was probaly inevitable. He ended up receiving so much media attention and not only net-based on that people were swarming over there each night. I hear there was even a spot on the Today show. Traffic on that street in the evening must've been a nightmare as each car would want to be able to stay in front of the house for at least 12 minutes so they could see one cycle of the whole thing.
The original entry on the show is here along with a link to the video clip of one of the songs.