Thick, black smoke towered into the cold Minnesota air Wednesday as fire crews worked to put out the blaze at Northern Metals facility.

A light breeze drifted the smoke into the soft white clouds of the Becker power plant, creating a stark -- almost mesmerizing -- contrast of colors in the sky. Check out these incredible photos taken by Minnesotans passing by and even miles away.

Another crazy pic of the Becker Metal Recycling Fire. Photo credit to Big Lake Fire Department. from r/minnesota

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Northern Metal Recycling Fire. Becker, Mn from r/minnesota

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Recycling plant fire makes it look like my school is on fire. [taken yesterday] from r/minnesota

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Becker recycling plant from r/minnesota

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The Becker fire with the nearby power plant next to it from r/minnesota

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Picture of Becker fire from St Michael! from r/minnesota

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According to an earlier report, the fire broke out in a pile of crushed vehicles early Tuesday morning. Over 30 different fire departments were called in to help fight the blaze.

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