Griffith Park

Toppled Pine Tree Crushes About 30 Cars During Concert at LA's Greek Theatre

One woman suffered a leg injury when the giant Aleppo pine fell during a concert at the Griffith Park venue.

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People attending a concert Wednesday night at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre were stunned when they returned to the parking area and found nearly 30 cars crushed by a toppled pine tree.

A 35-year-old woman suffered a leg injury when the Aleppo pine fell at about 8 p.m. at the concert venue in Griffith Park. The woman’s injury is not considered life threatening. 

Firefighters searched crushed cars for possible victims, but found no one.

“We weren’t in the car when it happened, so thank God, we’re ok,” said Jared Wight, whose car was covered by large branches. “At the end of the day, it’s just a car.”

Concert-goers said there was an announcement was made inside the theater about the fallen tree. The theater was hosting a sold-out show by Oakland-based Brijean and Texas-based Khruangbin that ended around 8 p.m.

The fire department estimated the tree was about 40 to 50 feet tall. Chainsaws roared in the park early Thursday as crews sawed the tree into smaller segments.

Aleppo pines grow on average from 49 to about 80 feet with a diameter of up to 24 inches. The evergreen's branches are longer near the base and gradually become shorter near the top. It is native to the warmer regions of the Mediterranean coast. Although not native to California, Aleppo pines can be found throughout Southern California.

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