City Christmas Tree Falls

The Christmas tree in Tracy Plaza came down before the end of the holiday season Sunday night.

At 5:45 p.m., the tree, which had been in Tracy Plaza since Nov. 20, fell over due to what city police called a lack of support. No one was injured.

Firefighters at the scene said they did not have the proper equipment to stand the tree upright again. That would be a job for the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, they said.

Police said they will check surveillance cameras at City Hall, but there were no fresh tracks in the snow.

The Christmas tree at Tracy Plaza typically is donated by a local resident, but this year was a different story.

“We came upon a tree during a sewer repair project that needed to be done on the top of Camp Street,” said Dan Stone, city arborist, in a previous interview. “We saw the tree and knew it would have to come down. This way we were able to utilize the tree instead of just cutting it down.”

The tree, a Norway spruce, originally stood 65 feet high, but was whittled down to 45 feet.

It was decorated with 2,500 LED lights, twinkle lights and a star.