Photo: CHP – North Sacramento/Facebook
Photo: CHP – North Sacramento/Facebook

Many have over the years worried about how the rather bulky Santa Claus manages to fit though a chimney and make his way though houses undetected. And while this inherently disturbing idea does not seem to give us pause, and a quick google search reveals many magical (or unrealistic) explanations for how Claus leaves his presents.

But on Monday, Santa was caught in a distinctly un-magical situation, tangled up on power lines while attempting to use a motorized personal aircraft to deliver candy. Visuals shared by the California Highway Patrol – North Sacramento showed the red-robed well and truly tangled up in his vehicle and dangling from the pole and surrounding wires.

Photo: CHP – North Sacramento/Facebook
Photo: CHP – North Sacramento/Facebook

"We typically don’t respond to a 'Rudolph lane-changed me' call, but when you get multiple calls... it’s best to go check it out. Turns out Santa was trying to get some last minute fun in before the holiday and got into a hot wire situation. Don’t worry!... he wasn’t hurt and Metro Fire of Sacramento," the handle had shared on Facebook with two pictures of the beleaguered Claus.

The Fire Department had also taken to social media with videos of their rescue efforts. Santa, they said, was unhurt, but he might need a new sleigh. "Through teamwork with @SacFirePIO and @SMUDUpdates the person was successfully rescued from the aircraft into power lines in Rio Linda. We are happy to report Santa is uninjured and will be ready for Christmas next week, but perhaps with a new sleigh!" the handle opined.

"The aircraft was a “hyper light,” not a hang glider as originally reported," they explained.

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