The crystal blue skies and sun-drenched beaches of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina were blanketed with a menacing plume of smoke over the Independence Day holiday.

The large, dark smoke cloud was produced by a marsh fire in Dare County, that was believed to have been sparked by holiday fireworks. Fire officials said that the fire encompassed 30 to 40 acres off Little Colington Island, located west of Kill Devil Hills.

Officials set controlled fires to combat the fire and limit the smoke impact, and the fire was expected to burn itself out. While no one and no property was impacted by the blaze, the intimidating smoke created an eery scene for the holiday beach-goers.

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