The 20-minute lava fest resulted in the evacuation of approximately 3,400 residents on the outskirts of the city of Temuco. And with a red alert declared by officials, police squads have beefed up to prevent crime, while roads have been blocked off for safety.
Though the volcano has been simmering for weeks, with increased activity and even earthquakes, Villarrica’s last major eruption came in 1971. If there's further volcanic activity, some 20,000 more people in the area could be packing their bags to stay safe.
Check out some more photos of the volcano's incredible fire show: