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LAS VEGAS - Police say a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose on a Las Vegas billboard with the words "Dying for Work" was a publicity stunt.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott says 911 calls started coming in early Wednesday from drivers worried the dummy along Interstate 15 near Bonanza Road was a real person.

The black billboard featured the words "Dying for Work" in white lettering, with a hanging, dark-suited mannequin.

A woman who answered the phone at Lamar Advertising Co. says the sign was not authorized and was being removed. She did not provide her name.

Elliott says it's not clear who's responsible.

At least one similar billboard was reported in Las Vegas. That sign read "Hope You're Happy Wall St." and featured another dummy.

The sign caused a lot of shock for drivers on their morning commute and actually created a dangerous situation on the freeway, with drivers slamming on their brakes and calling for emergency services.