It looks like something out of an apocalypse, or at the very least an Arabian desert.

But this colourful shot was snapped in Borehamwood Retail Park as the sun was setting last night.

Casting director John Cannon grabbed his mobile phone out of his pocket when he saw the sky above him turning into a melange of orange, white and black.

The 47-year-old had just finished work at Elstree Studios when he was running to catch the 7.39pm train.

He said: “I thought it was amazing. It is not really the type of thing you expect to see in Borehamwood – I would have expected to see this type of sunset in America.”

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