As if the coronavirus pandemic and murder hornets weren’t enough, 2020 has now given us trees spewing flames.
Firefighters in Maine responding to a blaze reported in Wales on Wednesday were shocked to discover a large tree with flames emanating from the length of its trunk after an apparent lightning strike.
An incredible 15-second clip posted by the Wales Fire Department shows the entire cavity of the tree on fire after a bolt of lightning is believed to have “traveled up into the trunk,” department officials said.
“Well that’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while,” one reply read. “Glad everyone is OK.”
But another commenter said the fiery tree looked straight out of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, while another claimed it was proof that the “apocalypse” is indeed coming.
The smoldering tree was extinguished Wednesday, WHDH reports.
The fire, which started following several storms that tore through the area, was curtailed from spreading due to rain, according to WMTW.
“This is the craziest thing,” a Bangor-based radio station, WHCF, wrote on Facebook. “They say it got hit by lightning and set the inside of this tree on fire. You gotta admit 2020 does not disappoint in the ‘never saw that one coming’ department.”
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