Large oak tree at Big Spring Park coming down after being hit by lightning

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(Photo: Dave Schmidt/WHNT News 19)

(Photo: Dave Schmidt/WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Today, city crews are tearing down a decades-old tree downtown at Big Spring Park.  It’s a casualty of the weekend’s thunderstorms.

Joy McKee, Director of Huntsville’s Operation Green Team, says lightning struck the red oak tree sending bark more than 150 feet in the air.

The tree is more than 75 years old and stands behind the Museum of Art.  City officials deemed the tree to be a safety hazard, so they are cutting it down.

Photo taken shortly after the lightning strike (Kimberly Perry)

Photo taken shortly after the lightning strike (Kimberly Perry)

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