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PAXTON — The large evergreen Christmas tree in downtown Paxton was knocked over by the wind Thursday evening.
Paxton Emergency Response Service volunteers were called to the scene a little before 6 p.m., finding the tree leaning to the east.
About 40 minutes later, the tree’s trunk snapped and the tree fell, according to ERS volunteer Dale Puls.
Minutes earlier, ERS Director Ed Hanson said one of his ERS volunteers said he could hear the trunk of the tree cracking.
ERS volunteers cordoned off a two-block section of the downtown and were keeping pedestrians and vehicles away from the area where the tree was located, at the intersection of State and Market streets.
Hanson said he expected that city street department workers would remove the tree Thursday night.
“The city crews are here right now evaluating it, trying to figure out what to do,” Hanson said.
Hanson said the tree, which is installed annually downtown, has never been blown over by the wind before.