California teen gets stuck in chimney

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There's a reason why Santa Claus coming down the chimney is only a story.

A teen in California attempted to shoot down into his home through the chimney a'la Santa.  However, it became too narrow and he got lodged halfway down the chimney.

His family says the teen was attempting to sneak back in after curfew. But later said he was cleaning out the passageway.

Firefighters said he's just lucky to have been safely extracted.

"I would guess that he had his hands on the edge and released into the chimney thinking that it would be a nice, smooth transition into the house and it just didn't work out that way," said Battalion Chief Van Riviere from the Stockton Fire Department.

The teen did not have any injuries but was covered in soot.