Photo From New Orleans, Louisiana Appears to Show Light Coming From Abandoned Hospital

But an official later said it was lumber wrapped in lights
By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 29, 2015 Updated: December 30, 2015

A light at an abandoned hospital in New Orleans was captured by a nurse working nearby.

Lisa Walley Staggs of Tulane Medical Center says she works directly across the street from Charity Hospital, which has been closed since Hurricane Katrina.

“It’s a gloomy and dreary sight on the best of days…at night it’s down-right scary. Until tonight,” she said on Facebook.

“See, I park on the roof of my parking garage, and tonight as I was leaving work, I glanced over at the forgotten building, only to see the lights of a tiny Christmas tree! I wish the pictures did it justice. I don’t know how it’s lit. I don’t know how it’s even in there, but it made me smile just a little bit tonight!”

Mike Arbon, who also works at the medical center, saw the photos and took a look for himself from the roof of the parking garage.


Someone posted this yesterday so I thought I’d repost and take a look for myself. I work across the street from the old…

Posted by Mike Arbon on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

“In the middle of the dark building is this small bright Christmas tree that was put in the window. It’s really pretty and little creepy,” he said.

“It gave me chills when I saw it and of course made me think of my brother, who passed away at charity hospital. But a very nice sight to see in the window of a dark building.”

LSU Health Sciences Center spokesperson Leslie Capo later told the New Orleans Advocate that police removed what turned out to be two-by-fours wrapped with lights.

She said it’s being treated as a break-in.

The update came after urban explorer and Instagram user theshortestsim said the light likely came from a set-up they forgot to turn off.


A photo posted by Simi (@theshortestsim) on

“A photo of the outside of this room is going viral and people think these lights are a ghost Christmas tree. The only thing scary about this is how much the City of NOLA spends to keep the power on,” the explorer said.

Meanwhile, some people commented on the original pictures, noting that there seemed to be a light in a window around Halloween as well.

“Woah…is somebody living in there? What in the world? That kinda makes it creepier to me…like are ghosts having xmas up in there?” said one. 

“Looks like a figure of a person,” said another. “Homeless live in there,” said yet another.