April Fool’s Joke Leads 8 Emergency Vehicles to Fake Fire
One Bismarck mother learned the hard way to choose your April Fool's cracks carefully on Wednesday (Apr. 1).
Late in the morning on April Fool's Day, the 45-year-old called her 24-year-old daughter and told her the daughter's unit in a mobile home park on Patriot Drive was on fire.
Before mom could say, "April Fool's!" the daughter hastily hung up the phone and called 911 on the spot, at 10:04 a.m.
Though she immediately tried calling her daughter back to explain, the mother couldn't get through until emergency response teams were already rushing to the scene.
A fire truck and two squad cars had arrived at the home, and two more fire trucks, a third squad car and two ambulances were on their way, by the time the daughter canceled the emergency by calling 911 again a mere seven minutes later.
No charges were filed by the city, but the Bismarck city attorney did review the case.