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33-Foot-Tall LEGO Christmas Tree Decorates London Train Station 

Vladimir Weiss/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LONDON) -- Even the merriest of Christmas celebrators can turn grumpy when it comes to the annual holiday rite of putting up the Christmas tree.

But the task of decorating a nine-foot spruce or even untangling an artificial tree pulled from the closet is nothing when compared against the latest in ultimate Christmas trees: a 33-foot-tall tree constructed entirely of LEGOs.

The tree, now on display at the St. Pancras International train station in London, is the tallest LEGO Christmas tree ever constructed.

Each of the tree’s 600,000 LEGO bricks, 172 Lego branches and 1,200 LEGO baubles were assembled by hand by just two men, Duncan Titmarsh, England’s only certified LEGO professional, and his business partner, Ed Diment.

The two men spent two months assembling the tree off-site, followed by two more weeks working at St. Pancras station to add the finishing touches to the tree.

Titmarsh and Diment completed their work Nov. 24, just as Americans celebrated Thanksgiving Day, and just in time for the holiday rush.

“Live builds are always fantastic fun as it always captures the public’s imagination and stops them in their tracks,” Titmarsh told the UK’s Surrey Advertiser.  “This tree has certainly created a lot of interest among visitors to St. Pancras.”

The tree’s 172 LEGO branches are decorated with 1,000 ornaments and a garland of LED lights.

Lego creations constructed by Titmarsh before the tree, his biggest task to date, include a LEGO greenhouse, a giant handbag for a British shopping outlet, a giant toothbrush and a map of the London Underground.

The LEGO Christmas tree will remain on display at St. Pancras International through January 3, when it will be taken down, piece by piece.

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Possible Bomb Found in Rome Train Station

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ROME) -- A suspected bomb was found in an underground train station in Rome, Italy on Tuesday.

The device was found in a grocery bag that was spotted by a conductor at the Rebibbia stop in the morning.  The area was cleared and bomb-disposal experts are examining it.

The paper La Republica reports it appears to be a rudimentary bomb containing explosive powder.

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Man Arrested in Paris Train Station Bomb Threat

Photo Courtesy - Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- A man suspected of making a bomb threat at the Gare Saint-Lazare train station in Paris, France has been arrested.  As confirmed to ABC News by the Paris prosecutor's office, the man, in his 50s, was arrested Monday morning west of Paris in the town of Meudon.  He is being questioned by French police, and could possibly be involved in other bomb threats.

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