FIRENADO. Nope, it’s not the title of a very poorly produced SyFy show (sorry, Sharknado fans, but that movie was pretty terrible). Firenado is, in fact, a real thing. Seriously.
The fiery phenomenon was caught on camera in Derbyshire, England, while firefighters were battling a terrifying blaze at a plastics factory. It looks like exactly what you think it should look like: a huge tornado made of fire. Apparently it can occur when intense heat meets turbulent air. Very similar to how a regular tornado forms, but, you know, with fire instead.
You can watch this incredible twister in action in the clip below. It was captured by the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and posted to its social media accounts:
You might have seen this video from @LFRSashby of a fire whirl captured at an incident in Swadlincote on Monday. This sight is caused by intense heat rising from the ground, and turbulent wind conditions, and is so rare, our Chief has never witnessed one, 32 years on! #Firenado pic.twitter.com/7tM7fcyrWH
— Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (@LeicsFireRescue) August 8, 2018
As always, people had lots to say about the incredible fire funnel spinning about.
And yes, nature probably isn’t so happy…
a FIREnado?? nature is pissed at yall
— Manda 🐼 (@Awesomenezz) August 8, 2018
That’s what I was thinking. Just fewer teeth:
From sharknado to firenado. https://t.co/Q30OXPIpnn
— A World Citizen (@NewNewsey) August 8, 2018
It’s a first for all of us…
— Oscar (@TseOscar) August 8, 2018
Pretty cool to behold, of course, but terrible when the devastation from the blaze is left behind:
— Rex (@Walters_Rex) August 8, 2018
The incredible site required ten fire engines when it was at its worst. Fortunately, it was reported that no one died in the fire.