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Hagerstown cell tower disguised as tree

Monday - 2/13/2012, 7:04am  ET

Verizon Tree (Courtesy of Herald Mail/Ric Dugan)
A new 150-foot cell phone tower near Eastern Boulevard is disguised as a pine tree or 'monopine.' The Verizon Wireless cell tower at 11850 Indian Lane is the first tree-shaped tower the company has built in Washington County. (Courtesy of Herald-Mail/Ric Dugan)

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - It's a tree that can reach out and touch someone. A tall pine in Hagerstown, Md., isn't sprouting cones but calls. Verizon Wireless has built a 150-foot cellphone tower disguised as a pine tree.

It's the first such stealth tower the company has put up in the area. But The Herald-Mail reports the tower is getting mixed reviews. County

Historic District Commission Chairman Charles Stewart said, "It looks kind of absurd."

The tree is three or four times the size of others nearby.

But Jim Stevens, who works near the tower, said, "It looks better than just plain. It blends in better."

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)