(CNN) — The funnel cloud approached the Denver International Airport from the south, not unlike a commercial airliner.
But thankfully, the tornado hit right between the two runways on the airport’s east side and did not cause any damage.
“It’s really lucky that it didn’t hit the parking area or concourse,” National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Fredin said.
The twister, which was caught on camera, looked menacing, but everything returned to normal at the airport shortly afterward, airport officials said.
The tornado did, however, go right over a piece of weather observation equipment at the airport known as the Automated Surface Observing System. The equipment clocked the twister at 97 mph, Fredin said. The tornado was recorded at 2:22 p.m. (4:22 p.m. ET).
CNN’s Carma Hassan contributed to this report.
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