WATCH: Plane crashes next to a busy street, sending giant fireballs in the sky

Posted at 9:53 AM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 09:53:52-04

(CNN/Q13) -- The word 'dramatic' is used so often that it's now a cliche.

But there is no other way to describe what a car dashcam captured on a busy street in Mukilteo, Washington, on Tuesday.

As cars inched forward in traffic, a plane flies into view. It clips power lines and crashes, sending two giant fireballs into the sky. Fortunately, no one -- the pilot or his passenger -- was injured, police said.

Investigators told CNN affiliate Q13FOX that the plane took off from a nearby airport around 3.30 p.m. and, shortly afterward, began losing engine power.

Unable to make it back to the airport, the pilot tried to land on a clear road when he clipped the power lines and a street light. The collision ruptured a fuel cell, causing the explosion that the video captured.

The explosion knocked out power to the area. But it was quickly restored.