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Festive tree erupts in flames as several thousand mark New Year celebration

By The Siberian Times reporter
01 January 2018

The 25 metre tall tree in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk burns to ashes in minutes as fireworks usher in 2018 across Russia.

Firefighters were called but the tree, made of plastic, had almost  burned out before they arrived

The main Christmas tree on Russia’s largest island, Sakhalin, exploded in flames in a spectacular, but unintended, light show. 

A metal frame was all that was left when the tree burst into fire on Lenin Square in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Firefighters were called but the tree, made of plastic, had almost  burned out before they arrived. 

A concert continued despite the inferno which sent a column of smoke high in the air.

Warnings were issued to concert goers.

Festive tree erupts in flames as several thousand mark New Year celebration


Festive tree erupts in flames as several thousand mark New Year celebration


Festive tree erupts in flames as several thousand mark New Year celebration
The 25 metre tall tree in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk burns to ashes in minutes as fireworks usher in 2018 across Russia.


A video and pictures of the burning tree went viral on Russian web, with jokes about hot party in the country’s Far East.

Sakhalin is an island on Russia’s Pacific coast, some eight time zones east of Moscow. 

Midnight fireworks went ahead in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk as they did in cities across Russia.

Festive tree erupts in flames as several thousand mark New Year celebration


Festive tree erupts in flames as several thousand mark New Year celebration


Festive tree erupts in flames as several thousand mark New Year celebration


Comments (4)

It's time to fire that tree & don't let it back next year. No one hurt & people enjoyed the light...hope you all have a bright & happy 2018.





And the same goes to the staff & workers of the "Siberian Times".
Jaker, Dundalk
03/01/2018 07:56
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God intentionally allowed it. Its an Idol and a pagan tradition.
Jewels, United States
03/01/2018 05:00
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** Bonne année 2018 Russia**
and all around the world . A spécial for Siberian times team !
Jocelyne, FRANCE
01/01/2018 15:30
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a great /FIRE/ works. thank god it was unintentional, no one got hurt, no one injured.
A Happy `new Year to all of you!!!!!!!
Benedikt Morak, Moscow
01/01/2018 09:34
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