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Man Climbs the National Christmas Tree in DC, Police Respond

The pre-Christmas festivities in D.C. hit a snag tonight when a man actually climbed up the National Christmas Tree.

No, seriously. Per USA9:

U.S. Park Police confirmed that a man climbed the Christmas tree located in The Ellipse near the White House.

The man came down from the tree on his own around 6:55 p.m., according to police. He was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The report adds, “It is not known why the man climbed the tree or how he managed to climb the tree.”

Police described the man as being in “emotional distress,” according to Fox 5 DC.

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