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Houston Fire Blamed On Inflatable Gorilla

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For years, city officials in Houston fought against those giant inflatable gorillas, placed on rooftops for advertising. The city passed a law banning them, which was overturned in federal court. When an inflatable gorilla deflated on the roof of a Houston shopping center Thursday, it landed on some lights and set the shopping center on fire.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Think of this as Houston's battle with King Kong. The city fought for years against those giant inflatable gorillas placed on rooftops for advertising. The city passed a law banning them, which was overturned in federal court. So gorilla lovers won. But you should be careful what you wish for. Yesterday, an inflatable gorilla deflated on the roof of a Houston shopping center. It landed on some lights and set the shopping center on fire.

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