Fire training triggers cloud of black smoke at Kahului Airport

Photo: Carolena Pierce

An alarming sight startled Maui residents near Kahului Airport Thursday.

Carolena Pierce contacted us via Report It after spotting a massive, billowing cloud of thick, black smoke.

State and county officials confirm there was no emergency.

The smoke was due to a training exercise for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting.

Diesel fuel was burned at an aircraft crash simulator so crews could practice putting out a fuel fire.

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