Tornado Look-Alike in Bristol Friday Night

An interesting sight in the skies of Bristol, TN Friday night. We got several pictures from viewers of what looked like a funnel cloud.

The pictures, taken on Volunteer Parkway near the Walmart appear to show what looks like a funnel cloud, which is often seen in a tornado. However, it was not a funnel.

What you're seeing is a rain shaft- an area of heavy rain that makes the sky look darker in this small area. With a funnel cloud, you'd look for rotation, and it would likely not be this straight either.

Scary for sure at first glance, but harmless.

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