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Well, there are a few ways, but I've narrowed it down to two, very usable, ideas.

- You can act as though you legitimately thought there was a fire.

- You can play it off as though it was a bet.

Both will more thank likely work, but it's still not a good idea. People will become genuinely frightened, which may lead to a heart attack (considering the person is elderly, has a known heart problem, and/or is obese.)

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Q: What defense if any does one have for yelling fire in a crowded theater?
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Yes its like yelling fire in a crowded theater.

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Shouting fire in a crowded theater was created in 1919.

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Things that endanger others, such as yelling fire in a crowded theatre.

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Can a person be prosecuted for yelling fire in a crowded building when there is no fire?

AnswerYes, it's called Reckless Endangerment. When you make an action like that intentionally and knowing that there is no such danger, it encourages an action in the crowd that you would have probable reason to suspect panic. People get injured in panics. To put people in danger knowingly and without justification is illegal in all states. But get hold of a lawyer for specific citations.AnswerYes, freedom of speech only pertains to things that do not endanger others. FALSELY yelling "FIRE!" in a crowd will get you arrested. It can cause unwanted panic and people can be injured.For information about the legal reference to "shouting fire in a crowded theater," see Related Questions, below.

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Not if it's true. Your early warning could help save innocent lives.

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