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Man climbs National Christmas Tree

A man climbed the National Christmas Tree, on the Ellipse by the White House, on Friday evening, US Park Pol...

Posted: Dec 23, 2018 8:42 AM
Updated: Dec 23, 2018 8:42 AM

A man climbed the National Christmas Tree, on the Ellipse by the White House, on Friday evening, US Park Police confirmed.

The first calls came in to police at about 5:45 p.m., Public Information Officer Sgt. Eduardo Delgado told CNN.

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Police and two negotiators arrived at the scene. The man made it about 15 feet up the tree before coming down on his own at about 7 p.m., Delgado said.

The man, whom police did not identify, was not injured but was transported to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation, Delgado said.

The pageant area of the park was closed for the remainder of the evening.

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