An enormous sandstorm swept over the capital city of Niger earlier this week and briefly turned the sky an unsettling blood red color. The eerie incident reportedly occurred on Monday afternoon in Niamey when an enormous wall of sand, dust and other debris slowly crept across the community. Although such events are not altogether unusual in the region around this time of year, this storm was particularly sizeable to the point that one person described the experience as “utterly terrifying.”
Several residents of the city captured the event on film as it unfolded and subsequently posted the footage to social media, providing some truly breathtaking perspectives on the storm. At one point, when it had fully engulfed the area, the sky turned an unnerving red color for a few minutes before rain eventually arrived and dissipated the cloud.