A motorist on Black Rock Turnpike found out the hard way that Christmas trees can be dangerous.

The man told police he was driving his Toyota Highlander north on Black Rock Turnpike near Sawyer Road around 8 a.m. Tuesday when a gust of wind blew a discarded Christmas tree from the side of the road into his vehicle.

The tree broke the vehicle's grill and damaged the air conditioning condenser, he reported.