New Haven Green Christmas tree toppled by strong winds during Sunday’s storm

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Sunday night’s storm brought down a New Haven holiday tradition, the Christmas tree.

It’s the perfect metaphor for 2020. The New Haven Green Christmas tree toppled during Sunday night’s storm, with no word on when or how they’ll fix it.

It appears the anchor broke, releasing this stabilizing cable, sending the tree crashing down. Winds of 60 miles per hour were recorded across the state. Those gusts brought this holiday season staple down, sending shards scattering.

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The tree arrived just weeks ago from Cheshire. It’s one of the biggest ever used for this holiday display. Then, all 70 feet and 12,000 pounds came toppling down

News 8 spoke to people who say they’ve never seen anything like it, but it’s just so 2020.

“It’s sad! It’s really sad!” said Jennifer Reed, New Haven. “It kind of reminds me of 2020 and it’s like on its side and so we have to pick ourselves back up. I’m surprised that the wind was that strong. I didn’t realize that just how powerful it was.”

Officials tell News 8 they will need a new tree; too many of the branches were broken and the Christmas light bulbs smashed.

Tuesday, city officials report the tree will now be turned into firewood.

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