Public Safety

What in blazes? Smoking pizza billboard in Cedar Rapids not actually on fire

Police say a smoke machine is involved

Casey's Pizza billboard in Cedar Rapids on Center Point Road NE near Blairs Ferry Road NE on May 12, 2019
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Casey's Pizza billboard in Cedar Rapids on Center Point Road NE near Blairs Ferry Road NE on May 12, 2019

Cedar Rapids police Sunday were letting people know via social media that a billboard advertising Casey’s Pizza, viewable on northbound Center Point Road NE south of Blairs Ferry Road, was not actually on fire.

In a Facebook post Sunday morning, the Cedar Rapids Police Department stated:

“Our Joint Communications Center has received several calls reporting a billboard on fire in northeast Cedar Rapids. The billboard company installed a smoke machine to the billboard on Center Point Road about 100 yards south of Blairs Ferry Road NE. The billboard and smoke machine are supposed to depict a steaming hot pizza. There is no fire and do not call 911 to order a pizza!”

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