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Claim: Video clip shows a wind turbine exploding during high winds.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2008]
Origins: This video clip of a windmill (or, more properly, a wind turbine) seemingly disintegrating with explosive force during a bout of high winds looks so much like a Hollywood-style special effect that many viewers have doubted its authenticity. However, according to the Copenhagen Post, Denmark experienced two such incidents of Vestas wind turbines collapsing during high winds in
The [Danish] climate minister, Connie Hedegaard, is calling for an investigation to determine the cause of two violent wind turbine collapses in Denmark in the past week.Another video captured the same incident from a slightly different perspective:
Both of the windmills were produced by Vestas, and Hedegaard's request to the Energy Board comes after other breakdowns both here and abroad have been reported in the past two months.
In first of the two collapses, near the city of Århus, a 10-year-old windmill began spinning out of control during high winds. A recording of the explosion-like collapse shows one of the wing blades breaking off, casting debris into the three other wings and shearing the
A Danish newspaper photograph showed the aftermath of a wind turbine's collapse:
Last updated: 22 August 2008
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