FLASHBACK 1999: Fire leads to ban on Christmas lights at Capitol - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

FLASHBACK 1999: Fire leads to ban on Christmas lights at Capitol

Fire truck at Capitol (Source: WLBT) Fire truck at Capitol (Source: WLBT)
Capitol Christmas tree (Source: WLBT) Capitol Christmas tree (Source: WLBT)
Smoke in the Capitol (Source: WLBT) Smoke in the Capitol (Source: WLBT)
Firefighter at the Capitol (Source: WLBT) Firefighter at the Capitol (Source: WLBT)

FLASHBACK to DECEMBER 8, 1999: The artificial Christmas tree on display in the State Capitol catches fire, leading to a ban on tree lights in the Capitol from that point forward.

A Capitol security guard was the first to see the smoke. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and did the best he could, but the fire spread quickly through the enormous tree.

The fire was contained to a large section of the tree, but the smoke it created left a fine layer of soot all over the Capitol walls and dome. Every interior surface had to be cleaned, and the process took months. Workers used scaffolding to reach to the top of the dome, meticulously removing the soot.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a bad extension cord that powered the tree's lights. Ever since then, Christmas trees at the Capitol have been light-free.

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