Defiance declines to buy Christmas lights display

The city of Defiance has decided not to buy a Paulding County man’s elaborate Christmas light display that led to a lawsuit against him after sightseers were injured when their limousine was struck by a drunken driver in 2004.

“This was an opportunity to buy one huge display, and it was going to be a lot of work,” Defiance Mayor Bob Armstrong said, adding that his commission on city decorations decided to look at holiday decorations “more custom-fit for Defiance.”

Gene Baughman’s lights, in 63 displays, were powered by more than 50 generators on his Paulding County property.

The price Mr. Baughman asked for his display was never specifically disclosed but reportedly was more than $100,000. It was not the issue, Mr. Armstrong said.

Sightseers filed the lawsuit in April, 2005, after their limousine was struck the preceding December in front of the property on State Rt. 613.

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