A police car had its side-view mirror taken off, and when the officers checked surveillance footage of the incident, they saw something truly mysterious: an ephemeral presence enters the parking lot, passes by the police car in question, knocks off the mirror, throwing it far away, then tosses it back near the car.
Some officers apparently think that the parking lot is haunted. From the footage, it is easy to see why. There is no human around, yet the side view mirror manages to jump off the vehicle, then fly on its own for a few seconds around the parking lot before settling down.
Is this video evidence of paranormal activity? An otherworldly apparition with the occasional impulse to vandalize a police car?
Unlikely. There is another explanation, which makes just a little more sense. The ghost is not a ghost but a dust devil. A dust devil is essentially a mini-tornado that can crop up in windy areas. They are mostly harmless, but will occasionally feel the need to take advantage of the fact that it cannot be arrested, because it is just a wind column, and do some low-level property damage.
That’s a relief. With all the mystery in the world, we don’t need to add mischievous parking lot ghosts to our worries. Just the added worry in finding a good parking spot is enough to be glad that this is a dust devil. At least dust devils aren’t likely to hold any particular grudges, and are simply uncontrollable natural phenomena.