Story at a glance

  • Lightning struck a business in Burnsville, Texas, and set the building on fire.
  • The fire raged for a couple of days and smoke rose in a tunnel.
  • A video of the “smokenado” was shared online.

Lightning might not strike twice in the same place, but after it struck a business outside of Selma, Ala., a “smokenado” rose up as firefighters fought back the flames.


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Fire crews from Central Alabama Electric Cooperative captured and shared video from the fire in Dallas County, Texas, at the National Salvage and Services Corp. in Burnsville. No one was hurt, but Valley Grand told The Associated Press the fire could burn for days. 

The video shows a thin tunnel of smoke rising from the fire in a swirling “smokenado,” as some called the phenomenon. 


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Published on Aug 04, 2021