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When palm trees attack

April 15, 2008 | 12:36 pm

PalmsAlong with earthquakes, freeway shootings and Britney, Southern Californians should be aware of another  regional danger: falling palm fronds. Will Campbell, who writes the [ sic ] blog, was reminded of this hazard during the weekend when not one but 17 fronds fell from the top of a nearby palm tree as he relaxed in his backyard.

"From out of nowhere comes this woooooshing sound and I crane my neck far left just in time to see what looks to be the entire top of our 60-foot palm tree crashing down on the poor loquat tree next to it. Fortunately it wasn’t the entire palm tree top, just a helluva load of dead fronds."

All joking aside, people have been injured by falling palm fronds. In fact, in 2003 one tree trimmer in Westminster was actually killed when a collar of dead fronds slipped down the tree he was working on and crushed him. In Campbell's case, he was a safe distance away when the "frondage" hit the ground.

"In the wake of it really not being that windy I’m not at all sure what triggered the fall.... All I know is I hope I’m not 40 feet away the next time it happens."

-- Jesus Sanchez

Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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