Mystery of ‘Christmas tree lights’ in Charity hospital window solved

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NEW ORLEANS -- Social media lit up after photos surfaced of what looks like a light coming from abandoned Charity Hospital.

WWL-TV viewer Mike Arbon shared pictures of what he said looked like a small bright Christmas tree put in the window.

However, the image turned out to be a makeshift 'tree,' at best.

A spokesperson from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center said university police investigated the sighting and found some 2x4's wrapped in lights. That helped solve the mystery of what some thought was a 'Christmas tree,' but what remains unsolved is who put it there.

"We are treating this as a break-in," said Leslie Capo.

The pictures that took social media by storm were taken Monday night during Arbon's shift at Tulane Medical Center. Arbon said he saw someone else post similar photos to Facebook and wanted to see for himself.

"It's really pretty and little creepy," Arbon said. "It gave me chills when I saw it and, of course, made me think of my brother, who passed away at Charity Hospital."

The hospital closed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was never reopened.


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