Winds rip through area east of Brighton

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By John Carr

BRIGHTON -- It was either a straight-line wind or a tornado that touched down east of Brighton June 21. Whatever it was (the National Weather Service will make the call) destroyed one building, severely damaged another and caused some damage to a nearby home.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. in the 29800 block of East 167th Place. In addition to the damage, debris was spread across a quarter of a mile. One family's dog ran from a home just as the wind event started.


Brighton Fire Chief Mark Bodane said firefighters told him "it looked more like a microburst or a straight-line wind." The National Weather Service reported four tornadoes in the afternoon, including one 6 miles south of Hudson, which would put in the general area of the damage east of Brighton.

Photographer/reporter John Carr said the damaged buildings were metal structures. He reported one building collapsed. No injuries have been reported. Carr also noted that damaging winds did not show up on weather service radar.

It will be up to the National Weather Service to determine whether it was straight-line winds or a tornado. The weather service reported three confirmed tornadoes at midafternoon. A trained weather spotter and a sheriff's deputy saw tornadoes 6 miles south-southwest of Hudson. An airplane pilot saw one 6 miles southeast of Denver International Airport. Those reports came in around 2:45 p.m. The public reported the fourth tornado shortly before 3:15 p.m. north of Bennett.