Have you heard the one about the tree that survived over 3,500 year of everything the planet could throw its way only to succumb to the idiocy of a woman smoking meth inside it? Oh boy.
The Senator, a 125-feet pond cypress, the 5th oldest tree in the world, met its end on January 16, 2012 after flames were seen shooting out “like a chimney”. Firefighters helplessly watched as the tree collapsed; ending an amazing life and puzzling investigators. Was it lightning? Arson? Or a meth-smoking idiot?
Meet 26-year-old Sarah Barnes.
“Police say she and a friend clambered into a 118-foot-tall bald cypress Jan. 16 and allegedly smoked meth,” reports the AJC. “Since it was dark, Barnes allegedly lit a fire so she could see.”
“Somehow, the calm, dextrous hands of a meth user led to a blaze that burned the 3,500-year-old plant ‘from the inside out.’”
According to Florida WFTV News, agents said Barnes took pictures of the fire and downloaded the images to her cellphone and computer. Officials said she showed people the images, and said “I can’t believe I burned down a tree older then [sic] Jesus.”
Well done, humanity.