24 June, 2021 - 02:45pm
Police in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania received a bizarre call on Monday that "disorderly people" were performing an exorcism "for the dead trees" at Home Depot in Dickson City, a police report described.
"They were escorted out of the building," the report ended.
One officer from the Dickson City police told the PhillyVoice that "It was a séance type of thing for the dead."
"There were two people hanging out in the lumber department doing their little exorcism thing," the officer said. "Some people at the store started picking up that something was happening that was not necessarily normal. Police were called to the store and they were escorted out of the building."
The individuals in question will not be charged, the officer reported. The news of the incident was put on a police blotter posted to their Facebook, listed around the 3:26 p.m. time stamp. The exorcism incident was surrounded by other, far more normal, police-related incidents, forcing readers to do a double-take. Over 200 comments below the post asked for more information.
"Can you elaborate a little more on the alleged exorcism in the lumber aisle?" one commenter asked. Another wrote, "Please, may I have a crumb of context and also the body cam footage of the Home Depot[?]"
"Sometimes I think the 2x4s in my garage are possessed," one commenter joked.
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PennLive reported there was no indication the incident was triggered by the skyrocketing lumber prices, although with the market crash and the exorcism, it's been a busy year in the lumber market media.
Similar to what was seen in the 2008-09 Recession, the COVID-19 pandemic and national shutdown forced the closure of many sawmills in the U.S.
John Bell, associate professor of supply chain management at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, told SupplyChainDive that there's been an "unprecedented shift in the housing market, trying to build these new homes. This is straight up economics. When demand and supply are imbalanced, price goes up."
Now, the price of lumber is coming back down as the economy begins to open up again, but experts are warning that prices still won't be as low as they were before the pandemic.
Perhaps more exorcisms will do the trick?
Newsweek reached out to Dickson City Police Department for additional comment but did not hear back in time for publication.
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24 June, 2021 - 11:59am
24 June, 2021 - 11:07am
Cops were responding to a report of disorderly people at the Home Depot in Dickson City, a Lackawanna County community about 4 miles north of Scranton, when they found a group performing an apparent exorcism “for the dead trees” in the lumber aisle, according to a police blotter shared on Facebook.
The alleged exorcists were escorted out of the building without further incident, police said. No additional details have been released as no charges have been filed.
The bizarre investigation happened around 3 p.m. Monday after a report of “bad behavior” inside the store, local news station WBRE reported.
24 June, 2021 - 10:41am
DICKSON CITY, Pa. (WBRE 28/WYOU 22 EYEWITNESS NEWS) — Police in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, broke up an exorcism at a Home Depot store on Monday.
It happened after 3 p.m. in the lumber aisle. The Dickson City police Facebook page only said there were disorderly people at the store having an exorcism.
“3:26pm Commerce Blvd. @ Home Depot for disorderly people having an exorcism in the lumber isle for the dead trees. They were escorted out of the building,” the post said.
There is no indication the incident had anything to do with the price of lumber. The comments on the police post are priceless. “Sometimes I think the 2x4s in my garage are possessed,” one commenter said.
“God bless the men in blue. I can’t believe this is what they have to deal with on a daily basis,” another said.
Police escorted the people out of the store without incident. No charges have been filed at this time.
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24 June, 2021 - 06:43am
Details are scarce on just what was going on inside the Home Depot on Commerce Drive in Dickson City Monday afternoon, but police were called around 3:26 p.m. to escort several people out of the store for “bad behavior,” WBRE/WYOU is reporting.
According to reports, the exorcism was held for the trees that had been turned into lumber.
The police blotter item posted on the Dickson City police Facebook page gave few clues as to what happened, simply saying:
“3:26pm Commerce Blvd. @ Home Depot for disorderly people having an exorcism in the lumber aisle for the dead trees. They were escorted out of the building.”
Close to 200 comments on the post begged for more details.
There is no indication the incident had anything to do with the price of lumber.
According to reports, no charges have been filed at this time.