Fake Fire Alarm Wakes Up Steelers in Boston Hotel

An East Boston man not affiliated with Patriots is charged
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2017 1:44 PM CST
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and teammates practice Friday.   (Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

(Newser) – If the Steelers are a wee bit groggy Sunday evening when they play the Patriots in the AFC championship game, a hotel prankster can be blamed. Police say a 25-year-old man from East Boston pulled the fire alarm at the Logan Airport Hilton, where the Steelers are staying, about 3:40am, reports ABC News. Fire trucks arrived amid the racket, though the hotel wasn't fully evacuated. The accused, 25-year-old Dennis Harrison, wasn't a guest at the hotel, and he's charged with setting off a false fire alarm and disturbing the peace. Fake fire alarms are an old, if rare, trick in the NFL, notes the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Tweets former Steelers player Alan Faneca: "Never played a game in NE where that did not happen. Every single time." (Read more Pittsburgh Steelers stories.)

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