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Geico ad banner falls from plane, damages Fremont home gazebo

No such thing as bad publicity, right? Right?!

FREMONT — In 15 minutes, you could … accidentally stir up a lot of chaos in a sleepy neighborhood.

An advertising banner touting Geico insurance fell from a plane towing it Monday afternoon and subsequently blanketed a home, struck a set of power lines and damaged a gazebo in the city’s Centerville neighborhood, police said.

At 4:36 p.m., a resident on Castanos Street called to report that a massive banner had fallen from the sky and landed on a neighbor’s home on Jacinto Drive, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

Arriving police and fire crews found a 45-foot-by-90-foot banner covering the house and also laying across a set of PG&E power lines.

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Chris DeBenedetti