National Christmas tree knocked over by wind

February 21st, 2011 - 10:35 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Feb 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The National Christmas Tree in Washington was knocked over on Saturday by a strong wind. The 42-foot plant came tumbling down on Saturday afternoon.

The wind blew the structure away and the White House announced that they would be putting up another tree to replace the fallen tree. The tree has been standing at the capital since Jimmy Carter’s administration in 1978. The source of the new tree that would be installed at the location was not revealed to reporters.

This though is not the first time that the National Christmas Tree has been snapped by strong winds. Most of the trees that were installed at the location had similar fate. This particular tree was donated by a couple from York. Officials say they believe that the tree fell because it was exposed when the wind came rushing in.

The White House announced that it was glad that nobody was hurt when the tree came tumbling down.

The first National Christmas Tree was lit in 1923 by President Calvin Coolidge. The tree is different from the White House Christmas tree that is harvested each year for decoration inside the main house.

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