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“prism effect”

‘Prism Effect’ Sets Off Alarm, Brings Firefighters Downtown

‘Prism Effect’ Sets Off Alarm,

Brings Firefighters Downtown

Beverage Exchange staff was removing bottle displays from the windows today after Saturday’s incident. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – A “prism effort” from sunlight filtering through display bottles at the Cooperstown Beverage Exchange set off a smoke alarm and brought Cooperstown volunteer firefighters to the Cooperstown Beverage Exchange early Saturday morning, according to Fire Chief Jim Tallman.

“The decanters acted like a prism,” said Tallman. “They were on top of cardboard boxes, and over time, that prism effect caused the boxes to degrade” and begin smoldering.

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