The NEIGHBORS members were arguing over a tree that appeared to have been felled during Typhoon Eunice – which was later blamed on the wild weather.
The local police have now conducted a probe to uncover the mystery.
People living on the street raised suspicion when the toppled tree appeared to have been neatly cut, surrounded by sawdust.
People living in the Garden City of Welwyn, Herts, said they believe an opportunist who cut down an “unwanted” tree and attempted to cut it down was at fault due to the storm’s devastating 122 mph winds.
One local, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “What kind of saw-wielding maniac goes out and tries to play a lumberjack when there’s a red storm warning?”
“Obviously they wanted the tree gone and thought we’d all be too stupid to realize clean cuts and mountains of sawdust.”
Another neighbor said: “I noticed it on Friday night at about 10.30pm, peak time.
“It was definitely down that day. Not so when I left for work in the morning.
“The next morning, I went to investigate and discovered that it had been cut clean, sawdust was scattered all over the floor and the tree was lying in the middle of the road, lying around.”
The 53-year-old continued: “You can’t just cut down a tree and leave it in the middle of the road – that’s unacceptable.
“It could have fallen on someone’s house, it could have gone into someone’s engine.
“There have probably been eight or nine near-misses in car accidents just because of that and for me, that’s unacceptable.
“I don’t want to wake up, walk out the front door and see a person lying dead between their windshield because someone cut a tree.”
They added: “I think they took advantage of the adverse weather conditions because there were fallen trees left, right and center.”
But suspicion arose when “not even a branch” was shaken in that particular area of Herts.
Another local noted: “People’s hanging baskets and all that stuff are still there. We have some big trees here and they’re unaffected.
“There’s a little bit of freedom in trying to get rid of it like ‘the wind did’ and leave it in the middle of the road.”
Photos and video from the scene showed police closing the road on the spot.
The cut in the tree is also clearly visible, as well as a large amount of sawdust.
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Police said nothing in their logs showed a crime had been committed and declined to comment further.
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, which maintains the tree in the area, confirmed it was not cut down by them.
A spokesman said: “Our tree officers have checked the scene and it appears someone other than council has cut the tree.
“The details have been forwarded to Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) for clarification.”
When asked for comment, an HCC spokesperson only confirmed that the road is now open to traffic.
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