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Burger King employees break windows after prank call about gas leak, Morro Bay police say

A Burger King sign. A prank call to the Morro Bay Burger King late Saturday night, Jan. 30, 2016, about a fake gas leak led to major damage for the business, according to a news release from the Morro Bay Police Department.
A Burger King sign. A prank call to the Morro Bay Burger King late Saturday night, Jan. 30, 2016, about a fake gas leak led to major damage for the business, according to a news release from the Morro Bay Police Department. AP

A prank call to the Morro Bay Burger King late Saturday night about a fake gas leak led to major damage for the business, according to a news release from the Morro Bay Police Department.

Employees of the Burger King on 781 Quintana Road received a call from someone who indicated that they were a representative from the fire department advising of an emergency, according to reports. The caller said that the business’ windows needed to be broken for ventilation, and the store’s employees allegedly complied.

The Morro Bay public safety team, including both the police and fire departments, responded to the possible gas leak. Officials found extensive damage to the windows, but no gas leak, according to the news release.

The case is being investigated by police, and the investigation is ongoing and no other details are available.

Individuals with any information that could assist investigators are encouraged to call 772-6225.

The city of Morro Bay says the fire department would generally not call a business directly to warn of such an issue, according to the news release. Recorded calls through a Reverse 911 system may be sent area-wide to notify residents and businesses of major emergencies.

Police added that if individuals receive a call they believe to be from a public safety agency official that seems out of the ordinary or causes them to fear for their safety, contact 911 to verify that the information is valid.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902

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