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G&S SMOG technician, Peter Iliev stands next to a shed that was lifted up by a tornado and moved about nine feet near Durock Road on Wednesday around 3:00 p.m. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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Have shed, will travel

By From page A3 | June 29, 2012

A shed got an unexpected lift Wednesday afternoon when a sudden gust of wind picked it up and gave it a toss.

Witnesses at G S Smog and T-Bonez Cycle Parts in Shingle Springs said the first thing they noticed around 3:30 p.m. was an empty cardboard box flying across the parking lot and landing about 50 yards away in a weed strewn field.

The next thing that got picked up, by what witnesses described as a “mini tornado,” was a shed that was levitated four feet and then thrown backwards about eight to 10 feet. Clumps of dried grass were also thrown up into the overhanging utility wires.

“We thought it would end upside down,” said Eric Prescott of T-Bonez.

Peter Iliev of G S Smog said the whirlwind only lasted a minute and then quickly disappeared in the sky.

A witness captured video of the whirlwind as it sailed into the sky near some power lines after moving the shed and shared it with the Mountain Democrat.

Fortunately no one was hurt and no ruby slippers were found afterwards either.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

Dawn Hodson

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