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Caroline County smoke carries to Richmond

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A major change in the weather Monday was the cause of a confusing mix of haze and smoke, that descended over Richmond in the late afternoon.

The powerful front carried the smoke from a sizeable brush fire in Caroline County all the way down to Hanover, Henrico, Richmond and even parts of northern Chesterfield.

The large volume of smoke, with no apparent source, made some people downtown a little nervous.

Even though it had a very simple explanation, it was enough to have imaginations run wild.

"I just thought it was some trees burning or something."

"It kind of smelled like burned rubber, I don't know it smelled really bad when I walked out of my apartment."

"I saw a huge cloud and I didn't know what was going on, I thought maybe it was a terrorist attack or something."

It wasn't trees or rubber burning, and it certainly wasn't a terrorist attack. It was simply the smoke from a large brush fire, a good 40 miles away that was lifted into the atmosphere and carried south by a weather front.

It was enough to send fire crews from the area scrambling to set the record straight.

The fire in Caroline County covers a 5 to 10 acres and is not far from Fort A.P. Hill.

It is for the most part contained by fire crews in the area.

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