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Sometimes the line between movies imitating real life can be very blurred.
Pittsburgh is currently doubling as Gotham City while the latest Batman installment, Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, is filming.
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And, while most of the time a town’s citizens are not disturbed by much more than street closures, the particularly action-packed film has been having another effect on the Pennsylvania town.
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911 operators have been told to expect a rise in calls related to gun shots and explosions over the next few weeks as Christian Bale and co. film some of the movie’s fight scenes.
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Emergency Management deputy director Raymond DeMichiei told local news station Channel 4 Action News that while citizens should be aware of the movie’s agenda, they also shouldn’t assume gunfire is fake.
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“If you hear shots fired or a disturbance or gunfire, and you feel it’s possibly a real event, don’t automatically assume that it isn’t,” said DeMichiei. “Call 911 and report it and we’ll figure it out.”
Maybe Batman himself will come to the rescue.
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