Mini Tornado Sweeps Through German Music Festival Taking Tents Along With It

There are many strange things witnessed at festivals - morph suits, men jumping into pools of mud and old folk cavorting through crowds wearing nothing but a flower crown - but we're yet to see a scene quite as strange as this.

Festival goers at Parookaville in Weeze, north-east Germany, were left stunned as extreme winds tore their temporary homes off the ground, catapulting them into mid air.

The festival, which took place earlier this month, is Germany's largest EDM festival and has featured headliners such as Steve Aoki, Solomun, David Guetta and many more laptop DJs - and brings plenty of visitors to the city. Around 80,000 in fact.

Because of its success, the festival extended their grounds and opened three nearby camping areas for this year.

It did not go well.

As if on-site camping isn't already an uphill battle, strong winds meant tents were literally being plucked out of the ground, much to the bemusement of their owners.

Credit: Youtube / bn1xx
Credit: Youtube / bn1xx

In a video captured by one poor festival goer, umpteen unearthed tents dance around in a whirlwind while campers desperately try to run after their personal belongings.

Four minor injuries were reported due to the freak winds, but thankfully there were no major casualties suffered at the festival.

Except those of the canvas variety.

Credit: Pixabay
Credit: Pixabay

The winds were actually strong enough to be declared a mini tornado - just days after German media reported a 50-foot-high dust vortex in the middle of a football pitch in Cologne.

Apparently, these mini-tornados, or "dust devils" as they are sometimes called, can start as a result of soil becoming too hot from the sun.

Meteorologist Dominik Jung explained: "If the soil is strongly heated on a warm day, the air rises quickly, especially on dark soils such as a brown sports field.

"Then the warm air rises quickly, the slightest turbulence in the ascent or wind shearing in vertical or horizontal directions put the ascending air in rotation and the dust-whirl is created."

So if you're planning on taking a trip to a German festival any time soon - or anywhere with hot soil - getting your stuff onto the campsite could be the least of your worries.

The real test is how to keep it on the ground.

Featured Image Credit: Youtube / bn1xx

Megan Walsh

Megan is a freelance journalist and sub-editor with a BAHons degree in Journalism and Communications. Since graduating from London Metropolitan University, she has worked as a sub-editor and writer for Candis Magazine and later contributed to publications such as The Skinny, Creative Tourist and Huffington Post, among others.

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