Tourists visiting Disney World in Florida on Friday were forced to take cover after a metallic fire-breathing dragon suddenly burst into flames. Video of the incident shows the head of the animatronic beast completely engulfed in fire, moving towards the crowd as black smoke billows to the sky.
According to The Orlando Sentinel, the attraction is Maleficent's dragon and part of the Magic Kingdom's daily Festival of Fantasy parade located in Liberty Square. The fire was extinguished by a park employee and the area was cleared for tourists shortly thereafter. No one was injured in the incident, a Disney World spokesperson said.
Members of the Reedy Creek fire department responded to the incident, but by the time they arrived the fire had been contained. The Disney World spokesperson said that an investigation into the incident has been opened and are probing what caused the fire.
The dragon, described by the Sentinel as having a 'steampunk' design, usually rolls through the streets of the park bobbing up and down and occasionally rearing its head back to blow out smoke and flames.