Ghosts? Vandals? No, there is an unexpected twist to this story.

Police say a parking lot is haunted? Silly. When they assumed vandals did damage to one of their cars, the answer turned out to be very interesting.

Watch: Ghostly Image Damages Officer’s Car | NBC Connecticut.

“At the end of his shift, he went out to his car and found his rear view mirror had been damaged and it was lying there next to his vehicle,” said Lt. Brian Foley, spokesman for the Hartford Police Department.

At first, the officer assumed it was the work of vandals, but investigators saw something much more unusual when they looked at surveillance video of the lot.

“I saw this surveillance video and I said, ‘What the heck is this,’ ” said NBC Connecticut’s Meteorologist Brad Field.

After checking it more closely, Field realized that the conditions were just right for a dust devil, a tornado-like whip of wind that tends to form over asphalt.

“The only way you can see the dust devil is that it picks up dust and debris into it,” Field said.

Never assume you’ve thought of everything natural. This is pretty neat. But it only damaged one car. Maybe it was a cheap mirror.

Devilish dustup hits a police car.

Devilish dustup hits a police car.

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  8 comments for “Ghosts? Vandals? No, there is an unexpected twist to this story.

  1. Harold Renshaw
    November 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    I’m inspired to start a new hunting team, “Dust Devil Hunters.” We might find Big Foot is a clod of dirt. Anyone join me?

    • Harold Renshaw
      November 5, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Or, maybe “Dust Busters.”

      • November 7, 2013 at 1:02 AM

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  2. November 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Just your average spinning ghost.

  3. Dale S
    November 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    It is strange.

  4. November 6, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Science and reality is so much more surprising and fascinating than fantasy.

    • November 7, 2013 at 1:02 AM

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  5. November 8, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    “…conditions were just right for a dust devil, a tornado-like whip of wind that tends to form over asphalt.” Huh. Having grown up in the country (where I still live) I’ve never seen a dust devil on asphalt. Plenty in fields. One unforgettable dust devil went from one side of the county fairgrounds to the other – and our food booth was in it’s path. We had a LOT of cleaning up to do after that!

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