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.
“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.