Video shows Alabama 'smokenado' form during days-long fire at recycling plant

Burnsville, Alabama fire burned for days, created smoke funnel

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Thursday, August 5, 2021
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First responders battled the fire for days; nearby electrical crews thanked them, saying "y'all are true heroes! #smokenado."

BURNSVILLE, Ala. -- A "smokenado" formed during a fire at a recycling and salvaging plant in Burnsville, Alabama, on Monday.

This video, filmed by a lineman at the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative and posted on Twitter, shows the smoke funnel.

The cooperative told Storyful that their crews were waiting for the fire to be controlled enough to work on the damaged power lines.

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In a Facebook post they thanked the first responders who worked on the fire, saying "y'all are true heroes! #smokenado."

The fire had been burning at the National Salvage and Recycling Corp for three days as of Tuesday, according to local news reports.