Huge wind turbine erupts in flames as 165mph winds strike Scotland
These amazing pictures show the moment a huge wind turbine erupted in flames after it was struck by hurricane-force winds in Scotland.
Local photographer Stuart McMahon from Ardossan, North Ayrshire, snapped the fireball as it wrecked the turbine earlier this afternoon.
Stuart told ClickGreen tonight the blades on the 30mw turbine had been braked and were not turning as the ferocious winds swept across Scotland.
“It was clear that the turbine caught fire first and the flames spread to the covering of blades,” he said. “There was debris still on fire being swept off in the wind and across the fields.”
“These are huge structures and to see one on fire was a spectacular sight.”
“The fire must have lasted for about 15 or 20 minutes until the fire brigade turned up to put out the fire.”
The Ardrossan wind farm was sold by Scottish and Southern Energy to Infinis last year for £54 million. It comprises of 15 turbines with the capacity to power about 29,500 homes.