Strong Winds Topple National Christmas Tree

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Strong winds have toppled the National Christmas Tree.

The Washington, D.C., Fire and EMS department reports that the
tree fell over Saturday morning.

There were no injuries or other damage.

The National Christmas Tree is a Colorado blue spruce that was
planted on the Ellipse, near the White House, in 1978. It was 15
years old and 30 feet tall when it was planted. Now it's 47 years
old and stood about 42 feet.

National Park Service spokesman Bill Line told The Washington
Post that a successor has already been picked and it will be
planted in coming weeks.

He said previous National Christmas Trees have also been felled
by winds, in part because they are not as sheltered from the
elements as they would be in a forest.

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