Crews remove dangling Christmas tree from Macy's - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Crews remove dangling Christmas tree from Macy's

Courtesy: CNN employee Miriam Falco Courtesy: CNN employee Miriam Falco
Broken crane, Courtesy: CNN employee Miriam Falco Broken crane, Courtesy: CNN employee Miriam Falco
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a crane to buckle and send the Macy's Christmas tree crashing onto its roof at Lenox Square Mall.

No one was hurt, but the arm of the huge crane that originally hoisted the tree suffered severe damage.

Crews had tried the haul down the 60-foot pine from the department store's roof when the crane snapped, sending the massive tree crashing onto its side tearing a gaping hole on the roof over the men's department.

A spokeswoman said the men's store will remain closed indefinitely.

Crews eventually took down the tree Wednesday night and hauled away what remained of the ill-fated Christmas tree.

Adela Vizurraga works across the street from Macy's and saw the tree dangling three stories above the ground.

"It was crazy," Vizurraga said. "I was worried the tree was going to go down and hurt somebody."

It is the second time in two holiday seasons Macy's has had a tree mishap.

A tree snapped in November 2011 as workers tried to hoist it to the roof.

Vizurraga said, however, one downed tree will not scare her from shopping at Macy's .

"I'm going back there. It's safe now it's gone. The tree is gone," Vizurraga said.

Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports

    IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports

    Saturday, January 20 2018 4:06 AM EST2018-01-20 09:06:13 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 6:00 PM EST2018-01-20 23:00:41 GMT

    Olympic and government officials from North Korea and South Korea have begun a meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Switzerland to confirm how they will unite for the Pyeongchang...

    More >>

    Olympic and government officials from North Korea and South Korea have begun a meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Switzerland to confirm how they will unite for the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month.

    More >>
  • GOP, Democrats show no sign of retreat on shutdown's 1st day

    GOP, Democrats show no sign of retreat on shutdown's 1st day

    Saturday, January 20 2018 8:06 AM EST2018-01-20 13:06:36 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 6:00 PM EST2018-01-20 23:00:05 GMT
    The government shutdown has begun, and so has the finger-pointing, with President Donald Trump saying Democrats wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.More >>
    The government shutdown has begun, and so has the finger-pointing, with President Donald Trump saying Democrats wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.More >>
  • Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair

    Missouri governor: 'no blackmail,' 'no violence' in affair

    Saturday, January 20 2018 2:16 PM EST2018-01-20 19:16:33 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 5:59 PM EST2018-01-20 22:59:14 GMT
    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says there was no blackmail or threatened violence in an extramarital affair he had in 2015.More >>
    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says there was no blackmail or threatened violence in an extramarital affair he had in 2015.More >>
Powered by Frankly