The 80ft illuminated tree in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk turned into a blazing inferno and was destroyed in minutes. A column of flames surged skywards from the tree in an unintended display. Thousands watched in horror at the devastating blaze in Lenin Square in the Sakhalin island capital. New Year revellers were warned to keep clear, but Soviet-era music kept blaring from a festive concert despite the shocking scenes.

There were no reports of injuries. Temperatures were an icy minus 6C but the plastic tree was burned within minutes and only its metal frame remained intact. Firefighters were called but the tree had been destroyed by the time they arrived.A column of black smoke was seen spiralling skyward. Videos of the spectacle went viral along with jokes about a hot New Year party in the Russian Far East,

Despite the horror, the New Year was marked by more traditional fireworks in this city, and elsewhere in Russia. the horrific event did not take time to burst out spreading its dangerous flames all around. thus, guys if you like this footage then you can share this footage among your friends, family, Facebook and twitter.