ATLANTA - A mobile crane that was recently employed to take down an mega-sized Christmas tree atop the Macys store experienced equipment failure when the weight of the 65- foot tree buckled its boom this past Thursday. Experts are saying that the boom collapsed due to overloading and excessive side loading. Fortunately, no one was was injured in the accident and the damage to the edifice is very minimal.
The Link Belt mobile crane used to remove the tree was said to be rigged with a completely extended main boom and a swingaway extension.
Those familiar with the history of the Atlanta Macys jokingly attributed the blame of the mishap to a jinx citing an incident two years ago when the tree broke in two during installation and had to be removed and replaced.