Huge mushroom cloud forms over Beijing-PHOTOS-VIDEO
Check out this video of the cloud over Beijing:
Alas, it was not the end of the world—or a crazy beginning of a real-life movie starring Will Smith:
It was just nature
The giant cumulonimbus—which spanned several miles—was accompanied by lightning, swallowing up the capital’s skyline.
Photographers captured images and video of Thursday’s ominous-looking formation, which “gradually took the shape of an atomic bomb.”
Perhaps the most alarming aspect of the entire story is that no one really knows where the cloud originated or why it continues to plague the area. Although officials are sticking to their straw-burning theories, some residents are deciding to leave the city altogether until the haze has lifted and a proper explanation has been offered.
According to the Huffington Post, pollution in China continues to be a major problem. In fact, authorities have asked the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to stop publishing reports on the subject, claiming that such readings were against diplomatic conventions.
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