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Residents Get a Safety Lesson at Christmas Tree Burn

WOODBURY – You could smell the snow and feel the heat last night at the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department headquarter’s annual Twelfth Night Christmas Tree bonfire.

A few hundred local residents came out for the spectacle, the hot cocoa, and the donuts, and also received a lesson in fire safety.

Volunteer firefighter and town arborist Bud Neal led a demonstration of how quickly a real Christmas tree can go up in flames. Moments after it was lit by another firefighter, the tree was transformed into a torch. A few minutes later, all that remained of that tree was a trunk.

As for the main event, Deputy Chief William Garms said the burning pile included about 375 discarded Christmas trees, plus an assortment of wreaths and boughs. Garms credited Boy Scout Troop 54, which picked up trees as a fundraiser, for bringing the tree pile to a record size.

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