Security camera footage shows fury of storm that demolished several buildings
POSTED: Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 11:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Residents in Fredericksburg, Virginia say its a miracle no one was killed as severe storms tore through the area Sunday.
Dramatic security video actually captured the moment those storms hit.
The images from the CR Garland Auto dealership show something terrible and powerful blowing through downtown Fredericksburg just after 6:30.
The skies darken and debris starts flying.
Twenty students and several parents were inside the Cheer Fusion cheerleading and dance studio when the storm hit.
The two story industrial building was being pulled apart, cinder block by cinder block.
Parents and coaches quickly herded everyone to safety, putting their own lives at risk, to make sure the kids were safe first.
Connie Allen, the owner of Cheer Fusion, says the safety plan was formulated during a storm warning about a month ago.
She credits two students' fathers, with pulling the kids to safety, into the only section of the building reinforced with steel beams.
Two parents were hospitalized with injuries.
One has a compound leg fracture.
Officials say the storm was either a microbrust or a tornado with winds reaching 100 miles per hour.