Video: Exploding Palm Tree Is L.A.'s Way Of Wishing You Merry Christmas
Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like a palm tree bursting into flames as the wind blows its embers into the street.
Firefighters responded to the burning palm tree near Venice Boulevard and South Mansfield Avenue at about 3 a.m. Christmas morning, NBC LA reports. The fire's cause was a combination of nearby power lines and heavy winds. Crews had the tree put out in about 20 minutes and no one was hurt, though the wind swept burning fronds across the ground and started a few small debris fires. YouTuber FireLensMan, who records numerous blazes around SoCal, captured the spectacle.
The early morning winds—the result of a cold front—also led to power outages, debris and a few downed trees on Christmas Day.
Christmas, however, has nothing on the Fourth of July, when exuberant patriots light palm trees on fire accidentally with fireworks. This year, 55 palm trees were set ablaze.