Man Sent to Hospital After Climbing National Christmas Tree

U.S. Park Police say the man looked to be in "emotional distress."

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: The National Christmas Tree is lit during a ceremony held by the National Park Service at the Ellipse near the White House on November 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the 96th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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A man was sent to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation after climbing the National Christmas Tree on Friday night, NBC4 Washington reports. Some of the lights on the tree, which is located near the White House at the Ellipse, were reportedly damaged during the incident. 

JUST IN: A man has climbed the National Christmas Tree outside the White House.
Police believe he is some kind of emotional distress.
Negotiations with the man are underway.

U.S. Park Police describe the man, who has not been identified, as being "in some kind of emotional distress." Police had to negotiate with the man to get him away from the lighted tree. TMZreports that the man climbed somewhere between 15 to 20 feet high. Negotiators were able to convince the man to come down by 7 PM. The incident began at around 5:45 PM.

CHRISTMAS TREE CLIMBER VIDEO: Police and fire crews responded to the National Christmas Tree Friday night when an 'emotionally distressed' man climbed it. MORE DETAILS:

Trump and Melania were present at the ceremonial lighting of the tree back in late November. 

The area will be closed for the remainder of the evening. 

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