FIRESTONE — A tornado touched down in Firestone on Monday afternoon, causing damage to businesses and property and blowing over some power lines. No one was injured.
The tornado dropped down near Weld County roads 19 and 28 shortly before 5:30 p.m.
“I was in the house,” said Mark McKinney. “A buddy I work with lives up the road. He called me and said there was a tornado over top of the house. It just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger.”
The storm continued northeast, damaging the Cottonwood Dairy on Weld County Road 26 and continuing on toward Platteville.
“Once it left here, it stayed on the ground for probably 20 minutes,” McKinney said.
Weld County spokeswoman Jennifer Finch on Tuesday afternoon said the tornado destroyed two homes and damaged five properties including the dairy and a feedlot. Two buildings on the feedlot are considered a total loss, she said, one that burned because of a downed power line and another that was damaged by the tornado.