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They are not the Griswold’s, but the Thompson’s family Christmas started with an unwanted bang.

It started when 10-year-old Joey Thompson plugged in a remote control helicopter he got for Christmas.

He was supposed to let it charge for two hours, but 30 minutes later he heard something.

“When I was over here playing I heard a popping sound like a fuse,” said Joey. “I was freaked out. It scared me because I was not expecting that.”

The boy quickly took the toy chopper to his dad.

“As I was heading out of the kitchen, the thing exploded. It just went into flames,” said Phillip Thompson.

Thankfully, Thompson was holding the helicopter by its propeller when it exploded, which kept him from getting injured.

As the family contacted Amazon.com about the malfunction they noticed something else was wrong.

“This is not what we ordered. This is an imitation model,” said Thompson

The order went through a third party vendor.

The vendor had actually covered the box’s bar code with a bar code from a different brand; the brand the Thompson’s thought they were getting.

“I am just glad that everyone is okay and the house is still standing,” said Joey.

Amazon.com worked with the family and gave them a full refund.

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