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Stop! In the name of love

A ROMANTIC prankster may be behind a heart-shaped cutout that appeared over a traffic light at a downtown junction.

Drivers were puzzled to see the illuminated heart at the intersection of Yan'an Road W. and Zhongshan Road W. in Changning District over the weekend.

The traffic light is located beneath elevated roads at a busy junction.

When the red light was on, the heart-shaped cutout was illuminated. Passersby were seen taking pictures.

The pictures stirred discussion online, with many web users saying the unusual traffic signal was "pretty."

However, workers removed the black plastic frame with its heart-shaped cutout yesterday, witnesses said.

"It's very creative and interesting," said one person online. "It should be introduced to other lights citywide."

Some speculated it was the work of a student from nearby East China Normal University - perhaps in a romantic gesture to a girlfriend or boyfriend.

But city traffic police, who supervise local traffic light status, said such behavior "is neither welcomed nor allowed."

The unauthorized change or adjustment of traffic lights and signs violated the traffic laws, police said.

However, police added that they did not intend to search for the prankster, as they had meant no harm and did not cause any damage.


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