- All for a New Years tradition.
There’s no shortage of weird weather happenings these days, so another occurrence is nothing strange to us. But here it is, and all because of a bonfire.
After a bonfire went out of control it led to a frightening scene in the Netherlands as a wave of “firenadoes” swirled across a beach early Tuesday. The bonfire was in Scheveningen, a district in The Hague.
The bonfire was meant to be a part of the New Year Eve competition with a neighboring community. This year, the old wooden pallet reached nearly 1,600 feet before raging out of control.
The bonfire was what led to the firenadoes, also known as fire whirls. No one was hurt but there were several buildings that were damaged on a count of sparks and ash that was raining down.
This little mishap led to riot police being called in. It wasn’t that the crowd was being unruly, but they were in the way. The firefighters needed to get in to work and take the fire out but the bystanders were crowding around, to see what was going on.
— Danny Vis (@vis_danny) January 1, 2019
By 5 a.m., the fires were reported as under control. Mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague said there would be an investigation and that the event may not take place in the future.
Though the nickname would suggest otherwise, a firenado is not a tornado. “They’re created by hot, dry air rising rapidly from the ground,” Live Science notes. “In that sense, firenadoes have more in common with whirlwinds or ‘dust devils,’ which typically form on hot, sunny days when the ground heats up the air nearby.”
This isn’t the only New Years Eve tradition gone bad. Christmas lights short circuited and started a house on fire. An air fryer started a house on fire, too. But all in all, this is odd news but good news. No one was hurt and noting was burnt to the ground. Win win.