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City's Christmas tree Burned Down by Thieves?

The Grinch may have stolen Christmas, but in Birmingham it was copper thieves who torched a Christmas tree in downtown's Linn Park.

[UPDATE: Radio station to donate new Christmas tree to city]

Birmingham police are investigating the early morning incident where copper thieves took decorations off the holiday display and burned down the tree. Officials say the incident occurred around 4 a.m. Thieves took off the lights and used gasoline to separate the plastic from the copper, resulting in the apparent accidental tree torching.

Public works crews this morning took down the charred remains of the holiday display.

The 35-foot tall Norwegian Spruce came from North Carolina and won't be replaced.
Melvin Miller, city parks and recreation director, said this is the first time there has been any major damage to the display.

"It's not good. It kind of dampens the seasons, but we still know what this season is all about. It's not about a tree," Miller said. "This is the first time that has ever happened. We've had ornaments taken from the tree but nothing like this."

Do you think they should replace it? I don't. Bah Humbug!

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Asked by SavageGrl at 5:20 PM on Dec. 16, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (7)
  • I'm not sure that they should have had a tree in the first place, unless that city is somehow immune to the recession and budget cuts the rest of the country is dealing with.

    Answer by annabellelee at 5:25 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • thats sad! all the city was doing was putting up some Christmas Spirit for the people and then you have ridiculous people who do stupid stuff like this!!

    Answer by mommy2be0611 at 5:33 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • Pathetic..we have the same types of problems around here.There are meth heads/thieves.They will steal the copper piping right from peoples houses if they can..steal their heat/air's ridiculous.A church put up a nice scrolling lighted sign and not even a week later it was already valdalized.I really wish the local authroities would crack down harder on meth instead of worrying as much about pot heads.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 5:47 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • Does not surprise me in the least. Copper theft is extremely common in our area: farmers, contractors, machine parts stores, homes being remodeled, all get hit regularly. If they can replace the tree with one minus copper, great.

    Answer by ChezBelle at 6:12 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • I think they should replace the tree. Why not? It IS Christmas ,after all.

    Answer by kerp1960 at 11:31 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • they spent as much for the gasoline as the copper was worth.
    this is why all criminals are stupid.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:07 AM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • We have a live tree. It was planted years ago and it gets decorated every year. Poeple are desperate however an dI see this type of thing becoming very common soon,. :(

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 10:15 AM on Dec. 17, 2010

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