Fact Check

Yes, This 'Smokenado' Video Is Real

The video features a strange, funnel cloud-shaped column of smoke.

Published Aug. 4, 2021

 (Screenshot,Central Alabama Electric Cooperative Facebook page)
Image Via Screenshot,Central Alabama Electric Cooperative Facebook page
A video showing a "smokenado," a tornado-shaped funnel of smoke coming from a fire, is authentic.

A fire that had been burning for several days in Burnsville, Alabama, produced a bizarre phenomenon that was captured on video.

The fire, at the property of National Salvage and Services Corp, began on Aug. 1, 2021.

On Aug. 2, linesmen for the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative posted video of what local news outlets began dubbing a "smokenado":  a tornado composed of smoke from the fire:

Fire officials told The Associated Press the fire was started by a lightning strike. No one was injured, and no evacuations have been required.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more