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trees and tub flying through the air, the photographic evidence that hot tubs can fly

2003-07-06 - 4:41 p.m.

The tree removal service used a 15 ton crane to remove the oak tree, the pine tree that the oak tree damaged in its fall, and the smashed hot tub. The crane itself was 90 feet tall. With the extension in place, it was actually 110 feet tall. The houses in this neighborhood are close together, and there was no way to remove these items without actually craning them over the house. Trust me. You do not want to see a 2,500 pound section of tree trunk flying over your house any time soon.

Here is the first branch -- and not the largest one -- to come flying over:

oak branch being craned over the house
� 2003 by Elaine Radford, all rights reserved
Here's more branches:

oak branch being craned over house

oak branch descending after being craned over house

� 2003 by Elaine Radford, all rights reserved
This is a four person hot tub flying over my house. They used the extension for this one, so that's a 110 foot crane:

smashed hot tub being craned over house
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Maybe the size of this section of trunk being loaded onto the pile of debris will give an idea of the scale of this huge tree:

loading section of red pin oak trunk
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This is the entire pine tree from the backyard being craned over the house. As you can see, the entire pine tree was not as big as one of the branches of the old oak tree. However, the pine tree resisted the fall of the oak and apparently kept one or more huge branches from falling straight across into the bedroom. It was severely scared by the impact and had to be removed, as it would have become vulnerable to pine beetles and itself fallen in a few years after the accident.

pine tree being craned over the house
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