SHOCKING video of a so-called fire tornado was captured in Colorado Springs as a fire burned over 180 acres and spurred evacuations.
Authorities said the blaze was sparked by a cop car, resulting in the evacuations and chaos at the Colorado Springs Airport.
The fire started around 3.30pm local time after a deputy was called to check out a suspicious vehicle.
The deputy drove over some grassland, where the car reportedly got stuck and the catalytic converter ignited the fire.
The deputy reported the fire to authorities and was said to uninjured following the ignition.
The blaze spread to 182 acres and caused the cancelation of all flights at the nearby airport, deputies reported.
“We are issuing a shelter in place for those inside the building,” tweeted the Colorado Spring Airport. “At this time, remain in the building and we will continue to keep everyone updated.”
All inbound operations within the airport were ceased and passengers were urged to contact their airlines regarding flight status.
Evacuations were underway for residents living south of Milton E Proby Parkway, east of Hancock Express Way, north of Bradley Rd/Alturas Drive and west of Peak Innovation Parkway, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
A mandatory evacuation was ordered for the area east of Powers and west of Peak Innovation Way and northeast of the S-curve on Powers to Milton Proby Boulevard.
Helicopters were brought in to the scene of the flames in an attempt to water them down.
Two schools had to be evacuated earlier by Colorado Spring firefighters due to grass fires in the area.
Around 500 homes in the Stetson Hills neighborhood were evacuated because of that fire. Over 25 acres were burned.
The shelter in place order at the airport was later lifted.
“At this time the shelter in place has been lifted at the airport. If travelers have vehicles parked at the airport they are free to leave,” read a tweet.
“There will be shuttle busses on the lower level to take travelers off airport for those who need to be picked up.”
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