The size of the black plume was difficult to appreciate just on its own merits. It's only after you look closer, and see the tiny wisps of white streams at the base that you realize, those are firefighters, making the plume a behemoth.
"A large bolt of lightning struck a center of a large pile of rubber debris, mostly chopped up tires and that sort of thing," said Tulsa firefighter administrative chief Jeremy Moore.
"It's something fierce," said David Hollowell. He pulled up a chair to keep watch on account he lives right next door.
"It come over the house for a while and darkened the porch and everything," said David.
The smoke could be seen and smelled for miles. Owasso city officials checking with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA for health effects. Authorities say there should be no negative impacts, aside from the stench.
Meanwhile, David was still on alert. "If it got out of hand, you know, it'd get to the house and I've got children to watch for," he said.
Two hours into the battle, firefighters say they had reduced the blaze by 75%. The progress visible in the sky.
"It looks like it's getting a little thinner yeah, it doesn't seem to be as thick or as much, so hopefully they're getting a handle on it," said David.
"We do expect crews to be out here for an extended period of time this evening," said Moore.