Millions of Americans will deep-fry their Thanksgiving turkey this year, but only one video of exploding poultry will be good enough to be win The Atlantic Wire's award for holiday public service announcements. Like some manna from local television news producing heaven, the phenomenon of deep-fried turkey combines delicious with blazing fireballs of danger. And to celebrate this confluence of factors, The Atlantic Wire is looking for the most alarming deep-fried turkey tutorial of the year. Every day between now and Thanksgiving we'll be rating a clip on a scale from 1 (a pretaped, offsite how-to without no explosions) to 10 (a raging greasefire,live in-studio). Enjoy, and remember to leave your score and pass along any clips we might have missed in the comments section.
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Rating: 7.1. Correspondent Craig Coffey gets points for doing his segment live, prolonging the smokey agony for nearly ten minutes, and bringing in Dan Jansen from ACE hardware to assist with the demonstration. But he loses major points for relying on footage of fire fighters putting out a out a controlled burn. It was a tough creative choice: get the pros to do a demonstration of what happens when you try to put out a grease fire with water or go for the human drama of a local T.V. reporter fighting a turkey fire all by himself.
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