Two-by-fours wrapped with lights found in old Charity Hospital, sparked viral 'Christmas tree' photos

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​Update, 2 p.m.

LSU Health Sciences Center spokesperson Leslie Capo said police removed what turned out to be two-by-fours wrapped with lights.

The incident is being treated as a break-in, Capo said.

For those few of you who may not know...I work at an inner city New Orleans hospital that happens to be situated...

Posted by Lisa Walley Staggs on Sunday, December 27, 2015

Update, 11:45 a.m.

The viral photo of a Christmas tree lit up inside Old Charity might not be what at it appears. At least that's according to an urban explorer.

The photo below was posted to an urban explorer's Instagram account and appears to be taken from inside Old Charity. In the photo's comments, the explorer explains the light is likely on because an explorer didn't turn it off during a recent adventure.


Click here to read the photo's comments and see explorers discussing trips inside Old Charity.

WWL-TV reports that the LSU Health Sciences Center is aware of the story, and police are looking for the object.

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Original story

A tiny, lit-up Christmas tree in an old Charity Hospital window caught the eye of a passer-by recently in New Orleans.

Now the photos of the tree have caught plenty more attention on Facebook.

Lisa Walley Staggs posted photos (click here if you're having trouble seeing them) of the tree, saying she noticed it one night while walking to her car after working at a nearby hospital.

For those few of you who may not know...I work at an inner city New Orleans hospital that happens to be situated...

Posted by Lisa Walley Staggs on Sunday, December 27, 2015


As of Tuesday morning, the photos have been shared nearly 11,000 times by other Facebook users.

Charity Hospital has been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina and has since been replaced by the $1.1 billion University Medical Center.

A mix of retail and medical space are part of five groups’ ideas to redevelop old Charity.

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