Rise from the ashes! Spooky moment whirlwind sweeps through cemetery during ancient ceremony to worship ancestors

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Eerie footage has captured the moment a whirlwind swept through a cemetery as mourners gathered to worship their ancestors.

Video filmed in Daqing, China, showed the powerful tornado lifting burnt pieces of joss paper, which are used in the ancient ceremonies, up to 160 feet high.

Some bystanders positioned themselves close to the weather phenomenon while others, including the person who filmed it, kept a safe distance.

At one point a nearby pile of debris erupted into flames but there appeared no danger of the blaze spreading.

Bystanders watch as the whirlwind swept through the cemetery

Debris was lifted up to 160 feet in the air by the tornado

No-one was believed to be injured by the whirlwind.

Footage of the fast-moving vortex was captured during the Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, which takes place in the first week of April.

Footage of the fast-moving vortex was captured during the Qingming Festival, held to honour the dead

It was filmed in Daqing, eastern China

The centuries-old tradition, which takes place over three days, is observed by cleaning up ancestors graves and making offerings to their spirits.

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