NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials in Nashville say high wind gusts contributed to the toppling of a 40-foot holiday tree, which had to be hauled away.

The Tennessean reports the Norway spruce decked with 6,000 Christmas lights in Public Square Park fell Saturday night.

City officials decided to remove the tree instead of dedicating the time and expense to upright, stabilize and redecorate it.

The tree had been donated to the city and a lighting ceremony was held on Dec. 1.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry says other public holiday trees in the city are still available for viewing.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com