(WRIC/ABC) — Photos of a mysterious light spotted inside the window of a dark, abandoned New Orleans hospital have gone viral on Facebook after it caught the attention of employees at Tulane Medical Center across the street.
The pictures show a single glowing window among a sea of other darkened and broken windows at Charity Hospital, formerly part of Louisiana University Health Services. The hospital went defunct in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.
Tulane anesthesiology technician Michael Arbon told ABC News that he took photos of the light around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday after seeing other employees’ photos circulating on Facebook.
“It was pretty neat but also a little creepy,” Arbon said. “To me, and to the other lady who posted photos on Facebook, it looked like a nice, little Christmas tree in the dark, abandoned building.”
Like Arbon, thousands on Facebook shared the photos, believing the light was coming from a mysterious Christmas tree in the window. However, an urban explorer on Instagram discovered that this wasn’t the case.
LSU police went inside the vacant building and removed what turned out to be 2-by-4-foot wooden boards wrapped with lights, according to LSU director of information services Leslie Capo.
Capo said police were treating the incident as a break-in.