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NCDOT removes 'Cone Weed,' moves it to Huntersville Fire Dept.

(WSOC photo)

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - An odd Huntersville landmark that has helped raise thousands of dollars for families in need this holiday season has been taken down.

The Huntersville Fire Department tweeted Monday morning that "Cone Weed" was removed by the Department of Transportation.

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Someone had recently decorated the weed -- which grew through a traffic cone along the side of the road -- for Christmas.

A group selling #ConeWeed merchandise has raised more than $3,700 for the local charity "Hope Match."

The NCDOT tweeted Monday that crews removed #ConeWeed because it was so close to the road. Officials said they didn't mean to be a Grinch and disrupt the positive community effort.

Update: crews removed #ConeWeed since it was so close to the road. They didn't mean to be a Grinch and disrupt a positive community effort. We're taking Cone Weed to @Huntersville_FD this afternoon for safe keeping. We hope Cone Weed continues to spread holiday cheer.

-- NCDOT Charlotte Area (@NCDOT_Charlotte) November 20, 2017

NCDOT officials said it was going to take #ConeWeed to the Huntersville Fire Department for safe keeping and hopes it will continue to spread holiday cheer.

As promised, @NCDOT has returned #ConeWeed to the @Huntersville_FD station. #OneTownOneWeed pic.twitter.com/UHNsmjAk2t

-- Chris | WBTV Web (@ChrisDotWeb) November 20, 2017

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