The Dickson City Police Department responded to a crazy report of a Home Depot exorcism, in which two disorderly people were performing the religious ceremony on dead trees. The incident in the lumber aisle was reported to Pennsylvania police at 3:26 p.m., and officers escorted the individuals out of the building.

What seemed like business as usually became something more sinister for the Dickson City Police Department on Monday, June 21, when traffic stops and suspicious persons weren’t the only thing officers were called to handle.

A now-viral Facebook post by the police department listed the routine calls to police on June 21, from the 12:06 a.m. search for a juvenile to an 11:10 p.m. traffic stop. Viewers were surprised to see a midday call reporting an exorcism in a local Home Depot, and the post was soon shared hundreds of times, going viral as social media users couldn’t believe their eyes.

“I feel slighted. I wish I could witness an exorcism in the lumber aisle of Home Depot,” one person commented on the post. The exorcism was for the dead trees in the lumber aisle of a Dickson City Home Depot, though the two disorderly people were escorted away before any demons could run amuck. The 27-word line in the post drummed up a lot of buzz, telling a whole story in just one sentence.

Dickson City police respond to a Home Depot exorcism in the lumber aisle. Disorderly people removed from store.
Dickson City police respond to a Home Depot exorcism. The disorderly people were removed from the store but no one was charged. Photo Credit: Dickson City Police Department/Facebook

“Whoever did the exorcism let’s be friends please,” someone commented, followed by a laughing emoji. The exorcism, which took place around 3:26 p.m. Monday, is being seen from different perspectives, some believing the incident was a huge prank, while others think the individuals need some serious help.

“Probably came from a haunted forest,” one commenter pointed out, speaking about the exorcised lumber. Another joked that “ sometimes I think the 2x4s in my garage are possessed,” – maybe they need to call the lumber exorcists.

Though there are plenty of questions involved with the Home Depot exorcism, one commenter had the most important question of all: “How does a wood exorcism happen in 2021 and not a single person in Home Depot videoed this for our entertainment. I need answers.”

There was no security footage or YouTube clip attached to the police department’s post, and so far no one else claims to have witnessed the exorcism live. The Dickson City police officers escorted the lumber priests from the Home Depot, though it was reported that neither was charged for the incident.

The lumber price bubble burst last week after prices hit historic heights this spring. The cash price per thousand board feet of lumber dropped to $1,113, which is 27 percent from its all-time high of $1,515 on May 28. The lumber bubble caused housing costs to surge, as new houses requiring lumber were bumped up.

One funny commenter asked in the Facebook thread if exorcised “wood cost more,” though it’s hard to imagine prices much higher than they were in May. Pleas for bodycam footage of the Home Depot exorcism are all over the Facebook post, as many can’t seem to wrap their heads around the hilarity of the police report.

Despite the ridiculous Home Depot exorcism report, commenters were quick to notice another wild call made at around 8:36 a.m. the same day, at the 1400 block of Main Street in the Dollar Tree parking lot. Police responded to a dog waste complaint, which commenters pointed out, too.

“Why would someone call the police for dog poop in the parking lot?” one commenter asked, while others thought that two hilarious calls in one day is comedy gold. “A dog waste complaint? And an exorcism in home depot,” another commenter said, following the comment with the laughing emoji.