MIRACLE: Footage of the incident shows the tree narrowly avoid the running crowds

AN Easter celebration in Spain has almost ended in disaster when a 40-metre-tall tree smashed into a crowd.

The ‘Tala del arbol de Mayo’ festival involved the giant trunk being cut down in the square of Cornella del Terri.

But dramatic footage showed the tree swing towards the crowd instead of the empty space marked out for the event in the Catalan town.

The trunk then slams down onto the ground, exploding into pieces, and narrowly missing two men and a young boy.

Crowds ran away from the out-of-control trunk in terror, and those present said it was an ‘Easter miracle’ that no one was hurt.

Local mayor Salvador Coll said that the security perimeter would be increased for future events.

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