- The Washington Times - Monday, December 2, 2013

Residents of a neighborhood in Orange County, Calif., are outraged after local officials ordered them to remove an intricate Christmas lights display from their street, a tradition they’ve been participating in for years.

More than a dozen homeowners in the Wagon Wheel neighborhood of Trabuco Canyon said they received a letter from Orange County Public Works that said the lights, which stretch to multiple houses and are suspended overhead, are a violation of the county code, KTLA 5 reported.

The displays have to be removed by Wednesday.

“We’re in violation of a county ordinance that we’re not quite sure of,” resident Brian Kopiec told the station. “When we bought the house, the people that sold it to us told us what a great neighborhood it was, and they actually warned us that this neighborhood goes great at Christmas.”

“I think it’s actually horrible, what they’re doing to us,” he added in the report. “All the poor kids — they love [the display], and it really brings the neighborhood together.”

The residents vowed to fight against the ordinance.

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