NEW ORLEANS – A series of photos of a Christmas tree appearing to shine from an abandoned hospital in New Orleans have gone viral.
Multiple Facebook users recently took to social media to share photos of Charity Hospital in New Orleans, which has been closed since Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana city in 2005. The images show a dreary, abandoned building with a light shining from one of its windows.
Lisa Walley Staggs, a nurse at nearby Tulane Medical Center, posted photos Sunday of the building, writing, “[T]onight as I was leaving work, I glanced over at the forgotten building, only to see the lights of a tiny Christmas tree!”
Added Staggs: “I don’t know how it’s lit. I don’t know how it’s even in there, but it made me smile just a little bit tonight!”
Officials with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center have since put an end to the speculation. Lesli Capo said, “University Police investigated and removed what turned out to be two-by-fours wrapped with lights.”
The New Orleans Advocate reports the incident is being treated as a break-in.
An Instagram user posted a photo of what it looked like from inside the hospital with the following caption: “someone seems to have snuck in and put lights on some 2×4’s. A photo of the outside of (probably) this room is going viral and people think these lights are a ghost Christmas tree. The only thing scary about this is how much the City of NOLA spends to keep the power on.”