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Some Smithfield residents question tire tree

Published On: Dec 18 2012 10:46:29 PM CST
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Derek Quizon - dquizon@newsobserver.com

SMITHFIELD -

One man's treasure is another man's pile of tires.
    
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Rockside Tire has been setting up a pyramid-shaped stack of tires with lights, ornaments and a brightly lit star in Garner. Now the shop has set up a holiday tree in Smithfield and some people don't like it.
   
Store owner Charlie Hansen says the tree is creative.
    
But Town Councilman Charles Williams has asked the local fire department to see if it's legal to have what he calls a "pile of tires" near a wooden building.
    
Smithfield Fire Chief Patrick Harris says he can't find any local rules that would make the display illegal. But he says he will check with the state fire marshal to see if the tires should be removed.