Wind Turbine Catches Fire, Makes Beautiful Smoke Spiral

August 4, 2016


This is a video of a wind turbine in Coimbatore, India that decided maybe green energy wasn't its thing after all, and proceeded to catch fire and start spinning the smoke in a giant spiral. It's believed that the wind was blowing too strong for the turbine to safely function that day, but this one (and the one on fire behind it) weren't properly shut off (or their sensors failed to shut them off), causing the generator to overheat and catch fire. I know, you were probably hoping for that rotor to snap and take off like a sideways helicopter. That didn't happen though, because, despite what Disney movies might have taught you, sometimes dreams don't come true. Except mine, mine almost always come true, but they're usually the bad ones where I show up for work naked or my girlfriend breaks up with me or my roommate chases me out the apartment waving some crazy three-foot dildo like it's a sword. "Wait, what?" Where'd he even get that thing? I'm asking for a friend who couldn't find one at the sex store he goes to.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to PJ, who's pretty sure he heard that wind turbine yell "Burn more coal!" right before it caught fire.

  • HumpMasterGeneral

    I thought this was green energy!

  • Kevin Stevens

    And the worlds shittest camera man award goes to...

  • Sean Mallia

    Ironically they catch fire because of the extremely strong winds, I assume they have a braking system which locks the blades when the high winds will cause damage to the blade. If it fails and the blades starts rotating the friction will cause a fire, that is why there are two which caught on fire.

  • rjackparis

    pretty sure they control it with the blades pitch.

  • Sean Mallia

    https://isaacbrana.wordpres.... Yes, but the physical brakes catch fire.

  • bluecheesedressing

    I like how there's actually more than just the one on fire.

  • There are two of them burning. The way that they are burning almost makes you wonder if these arn't the gas powered wind MAKING machines.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I've heard India is hotter than hell.

  • obriencj

    I love how the camera turns away from the most interesting parts, like when the rotor breaks off or when the spiral is particularly well defined.

  • Draco Basileus

    Well, at least the video is shot horizontally.

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