When firefighters in Derbyshire, England, responded to a call, they didn’t expect to encounter what looked like a sign of the apocalypse. As the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service arrived on scene, they were met with a towering pillar of flames known as a “firenado.”
Also known as a fire whirl, the phenomenon is not unheard of for firefighters, and the explanation of how one is formed is rather simple, but that doesn’t make it any less unnerving.
One firefighter on the scene captured a video of the fiery twister, which they later posted to Facebook with the explanation, “It’s created as cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed.”
The video has since gone viral and received over 350,000 views.
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
— Leics Fire & Rescue (@LeicsFireRescue) August 8, 2018
After watching the video, most people decided never to mess with Mother Nature again.
Earths not safe anymore I have seen it all pic.twitter.com/wsvb7SLHzN
— Vanessa Yanez (@VannessaYaanez) August 8, 2018
Mother Nature mad mad pic.twitter.com/eSOFgPKFlm
— ❌Big Swole❌ (@xtriggatreyx1) August 8, 2018
DAMN NATURE! YOU SCARYY
— Mellow Tweets (@zeroCrossovers) August 8, 2018
What the hell is nature not capable of? pic.twitter.com/mJK8aMjIMU
— Simply A Jewel (@jewel_simply) August 8, 2018
@joenaabwrites between that terrifying lightning yesterday and this, I'm scared of Earth now.
— Kayla (@KaylaNaab) August 8, 2018
While others took the hellish vortex as a sign of something more biblical.
— Kernel_Coconuts (@KernelCoconuts) August 8, 2018
This is some Seventh Sign looking shit. Demi tried warning us…
(Also 19% Rotten Tomatoes?? *I strongly object*) pic.twitter.com/w4mL3SFjGE
— Michelle Lovretta (@lovretta) August 8, 2018
— [C U P C A K E] (@shaybaycupcake) August 8, 2018
That thing looks like it came Straight from hell
— Mo Fireya (@Kingram_56) August 8, 2018
And many are waiting for the movie adaptation.
So when can I watch the movie #Firenado
on @netflix ?
Will it star @IanZiering? Maybe we can have dragons shooting the fire. This could be a nightmare from the @SharknadoSYFY sharknkids…I have so many horrible ideas. Only need people willing 2 listen whilst drinking…
— OmakaRocks (@OMAKAROCKS) August 9, 2018
Throw a few sharks in there and we got the best movie of all time! SHARKFIRENADO!!!!
— Andy Webb (@webbofandy) August 8, 2018
This video will give the SyFy channel a bad tv movie idea.
— Prince Mac (@PrincipeMac) August 8, 2018
Maybe it’s a sign we should should skip right to 2019 and start over.
So firenados are a thing now. Because it’s 2018 and of course they freaking are.
— Kelly Fowler (@kellyfirehorse) August 9, 2018