Lafayette Cemetery tree toppled by bomb cyclone leaves living and (un)dead unscathed

The bomb cyclone that swept through the Front Range last Wednesday — snarling thousands of daily commuters and prompting a torrent of power outages across the Denver Metro area — the worst of its mayhem. But the short-lived storm did topple a roughly 40-foot-tall pine tree on the south side of the Lafayette Cemetery.

The downed tree tore through a portion of the cemetery‘s relatively new fencing and was left splayed across one of the city‘s well-traveled thoroughfares, Baseline Road, during the storm‘s peak hours before some emergency cleanup.

Despite the resulting debris, officials said the tree‘s demise didn‘t disturb any of the nearby gravesites, quelling fears of some that the fall might have unearthed the resting place of the city‘s famed ghoul, the napping vampire.

The storied rumor, reported in a variety publications ranging from local to , stems from the site where two men were buried in the cemetery in one grave more than a century ago.

One of the men, Fodor Glava, was from Transylvania — and if that tenuous connection isn‘t tantalizing enough, some theorize the red rose bushes growing from the grave are supposedly the vampire‘s fingernails that never stopped growing.

There also is a tree sprouting from the grave, which some suggest comes from a stake driven through the supposed vampire‘s heart.

Officials said no injuries or property damage had been reported outside of the crumpled fence, though it is unclear how much the barrier replacement will cost the city.






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