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This article was published on August 3, 2016


Watching this wind turbine on fire is oddly satisfying

Natt Garun
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Natt Garun is the former US Editor at The Next Web, managing the North American team on content, events, features and reviews coverage. She Natt Garun is the former US Editor at The Next Web, managing the North American team on content, events, features and reviews coverage. She previously wrote for Digital Trends, Business Insider, and Gizmodo. Facebook | Twitter | Google+

I shouldn’t be pleased to see any large structures lit up in flames, but it’s hard not to be mesmerized by this malfunctioning wind turbine on fire.

The video, posted on July 1 to YouTube, captures a broken windmill on fire in Tamil Nadu, India. According to the short video description, high voltage caused it to catch fire, and a technical glitch made the turbine run on high speed. The result is this oddly beautiful smoke helix continuously being spun for a solid minute or two.

windmillfire

So maybe the anti-windmill groups have won this time, but at least we have something hypnotizing to look at on a lazy afternoon. Hopefully there were no further damages than on the actual wind turbine itself.