Videos filed under Safety from Europe
Severe winds destroyed a wind turbine in Bouin, Vendee, W France today (Jan 1).
A lorry driver in Germany survived with minor injuries after a crash with a 62m-long turbine blade being transported to a wind facility. Autobahn 33 near Bielefeld was blocked for hours as the blade landed across the road.
On February 5, 2017 in Aquilonia, town in the province of Avellino in the Campania region of Southern Italy, a wind turbine near the road began to turn very fast, then disintegrated, throwing pieces around and forcing the car drivers to make a U-turn. The scene was filmed by some citizens by chance and then spread through the social networks.
A wind turbine in Germany burned for hours because fire fighters did not have ladders long enough to tackle the 100 metre high blaze. The flames struck this morning in the town of Isselburg in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Burning blades fell to the ground and set fire to small grain field areas. Special thanks to Friends Against Wind for providing closed caption English subtitles.
On December 24, 2015, a Vestas wind turbine collapsed in Lemnhult, Sweden.
Wind turbine accident at Nieder Kostenz in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Despite the catastrophic failure, the area was not blocked off from the public. Special thanks to Friends Against Wind for preparing the English subtitles.
Half an hour before midnight, a report of a wind turbine on fire was received at the West-Viru County. Falling pieces of burning turbine required traffic on the road nearby to be shut down throughout the night. Sparks ignited both sides of the road.
Wind turbine flame at operating project in Estonia.
An 80-metre wind turbine has collapsed on a mountainside near Fintona in County Tyrone. It was one of eight 2.5 megawatt turbines on the Screggagh wind farm on Murley mountain. The turbine, valued at over £500,000, collapsed on Friday evening, scattering debris over a wide area hundreds of meters away.
Turbine experiences catastrophic fire.
One of the 12, Vestas V66, 1.75 MW turbines erupted in flames at the 21 MW Piet Wit wind farm on Goeree Vlakke island in the Netherlands. The fire claimed the lives of two service mechanics ages 19 and 21. The facility was undergoing scheduled maintenance. Fiery debris can be seen falling from the tower.
A wind turbine was destroyed by fire near Magdeburg in Germany. The fire was likely caused by hurricane-strength winds, which blew against the rotor blades resulting in the generator becoming overheated. Members of the fire department could not get close to the burning structure due to falling parts. The damage is estimated to be 1.2 million euros.
This is the wind turbine near Ardrossan that caught fire during high winds in December 2011. THe video was captured from over a mile away. The person taking the video reports he struggled to keep the camera steady in the winds using a Canon A720 camera. Duration: 1 minute 8 seconds
A wind turbine near Dalry and Ardrossan in North Ayrshire caught fire during Scotland's extreme weather on Dec 8th 2011. Duration: 18 seconds
The cause of giant wind turbine destroyed in South Lincolnshire UK has not been established Some theorized a UFO struck a blades. This news report discusses the event. Duration: 2 minutes 3 seconds
News report of a wind turbine at the Aeolian Park wind energy facility in Spain destroyed by fire. According to Iberdrola, the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, but is believed to be due to mechanical failure. Firemen, police and company personnel were on the scene. A 120 meter buffer around the turbine was established to ensure the safety of people and property near the fire. The fire did not impact the operation of the Aeolian Park in spite of the spectacular visible cloud column rising from the turbine. Duration: 0 minutes 55 seconds
A must see video clip documenting a Vestas turbine failure operating in Denmark. Formerly unreported is the degree to which turbine debris from the failed unit spread great distances from the site. Duration: 1 minute 41 seconds
Turbine burns in Portugal. Duration: 4 minutes 32 seconds
This footage was taken at the moment a wind turbine in Denmark exploded in high winds. The braking system failed. Pieces of the shattered turbine were sent more than 500 meters away. A second video of the same event can be viewed by clicking here. Duration: 32 seconds