City Christmas Tree Torched

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Donors have replaced the city of Birmingham's Christmas tree after it was torched in a downtown

Scores of people gathered Thursday as a new cypress tree was decorated and dedicated in Linn Park. Mayor William Bell says the
new tree symbolizes the generosity that's part of the city.

The old tree was destroyed early Wednesday. Officials say thieves burned it while trying to steal copper wiring off the tree.

The city didn't plan on a replacement, but a group of radio stations donated a new tree. Donors and leaders from neighboring cities stepped up to provide decorations and get the new tree ready.

Police haven't made any arrests in the destruction of the original tree, which cost $7,500.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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