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Exploding Windmill Video

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

“Viral” video shows a giant wind turbine spinning out of control and finally disintegrating.

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Subject: Windmill Exploding….WOW!Runaway wind turbine…..

 

Detailed Analysis

Compelling footage of a large wind turbine apparently spinning out of control and then disintegrating has been posted to YouTube and other video hosting sites and is also circulating via email. Some commentators have suggested that the video is faked. 
However, the video is genuine and such an incident did indeed occur in Denmark. A February 2008 report in The Copenhagen Post notes:

In first of the two collapses, near the city of Århus, a 10-year-old windmill began spinning out of control during high winds. A recording of the explosion-like collapse shows one of the wing blades breaking off, casting debris into the three other wings and shearing the 60- metre tower nearly in half.

According to The Copenhagen Post report, there has also been at least one other case of a windmill exploding in Denmark and others elsewhere:

The climate minister, Connie Hedegaard, is calling for an investigation to determine the cause of two violent wind turbine collapses in Denmark in the past week. Both of the windmills were produced by Vestas, and Hedegaard’s request to the Energy Board comes after other breakdowns both here and abroad have been reported in the past two months.

The incident was also reported in other Danish news outlets.

At least one other video of the same incident from a slightly different angle has also been posted to YouTube and elsewhere.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer