Sunday, September 1, 2013

2013 - AUG - Spotlight Stories

Category: Other Stories Of Interest
2013-08-01 - Google-funded $60 million research ship to study 'dead zone' off British Columbia (Canada):
Quote: "A $60 million research ship funded by a Google executive was scheduled to set sail from San Francisco on Thursday, on its way to study a "dead zone" in the Pacific Ocean and other mysteries of the sea. The 272-foot vessel, Falkor, carries an unmanned submarine that will travel deep into the ocean off Vancouver Island to study an area where sea life dies each year from a periodic lack of oxygen, called hypoxia."
Quote: "After stopping to study the dead zone, the ship named for a flying creature in the movie 'The NeverEnding Story' will move on to study a submarine volcano, the Axial Seamount, about 300 miles west of Oregon. A microbiologist will study the tiny organisms living for millions of years inside fissures in the volcanic rock, and another scientist will study viruses that have adapted to the unique habitat."
Note: Very interesting indeed...

Category: Land Subsidence Events
2013-08-02 - Massive sinkhole 200 feet wide and 90 feet deep opens near Sharon Springs (Kansas):,0,1522369.story
Quote: "You really can't get a good sense of the size and scope unless you walk up close to it.  And just how safe that is remains a question. There are large cracks right next to the sinkhole.  Sheriff Larry Townsend said it appears to be getting bigger and he doesn't know what's going to stop it."
Quote: "Man had nothing to do with this. This is a God thing. There's no oil well around here, there are no irrigation wells anywhere near. This is something that just happened..."
Note: That's just huge. I wouldn't get anywhere near the edge of that thing...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-03 - Underground explosion and fire hit coastal Manhattan (New York):
Note: Hydrogen sulfide is a heavier-than-air gas and it will tend to accumulate in low-lying areas like underground facilities, basements, valleys, ravines, canyons, ditches, canals, streams, marshes, swamps, rivers, lakes, ponds, quays, seas, coasts, etc. It is also reactive with copper, especially electrified copper, like underground electrical infrastructure, wiring in vehicles and homes, etc. A rising number of events just like this have been afflicting cities and towns all over, but more on or near coasts or major bodies of water...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-04 - Underground electrical fire hits Framingham (Massachusetts), thousands lose power:
Note: And yet another underground electrical fire. hydrogen sulfide is a heavier-than-air gas and it will tend to accumulate in low-lying areas like underground facilities, basements, ditches, culverts, streams, ponds, lakes, rivers, canyons, valleys, etc. It is also reactive with copper, especially electrified copper, like that used in electrical infrastructure, wiring in vehicles and homes, and so on. It's also reactive with rusty iron/steel, and there are probably many underground pipes or brackets or whatever that have rust on them...
2013-08-04 - Explosion and fire hit electrical substation near Hastings (Britain), thousands lose power:
Quote: "Residents had come to have a look after hearing an explosion. They said it shook their houses."
Note: Well, I hope you've got some backup light sources. If not, there's never been a better time to stock a few, just in case. That's one of those things it's way better to have and not need than to need and not have...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-05 - Underground electrical fire causes two power outages in Sacramento (California):
Note: These underground electrical fire/explosion events are getting to be almost daily now. 'Today's underground electrical fire brought to you by the City of Sacramento. Come visit us while we still have electricity! (tm) Pre-Arrival Hotel Incineration Insurance available for a nominal fee! Get a free night's stay if your rental car explodes and kills you!'
2013-08-05 - Transformer bursts into flame, takes out power to high school, in coastal Palm Harbor (Florida):
Note: And don't forget, Palm Harbor offers some of the most picturesque views of electrical infrastructure burning! Come for the beaches, stay for the carcinogenic transformer smoke!

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-06 - Massive inferno devastates Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 5 AM in Nairobi (Kenya):
Quote: "The Associated Press reporters at the scene said the blaze is massive, noting that the fire looks to have gutted the international arrivals area. Flights into the airport were redirected to other Kenyan airports."
Quote: "Michael Kamau, the cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure, said the fire began at 5 a.m. in the immigration section of the arrivals hall."
Note: This airport is one of the biggest in Eastern Africa, so the devastation of the international terminal here is significant. That was one HUGE fire too...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-07 - Pallet business destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM in Springfield (Ohio):
Quote: "Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday fire fighters were called to Tri-State Pallet Inc. on Sherman Avenue where a fire was reported. Upon arriving, responders described the building as 'thoroughly engulfed' and proceeded to attempt putting it out."
Note: Another fire at a pallet company?! Shocking, I tells ya. Well, not really. These pallet-related fires keep happening. All flammable absorbent materials are absorbing hydrogen sulfide and/or methane and spontaneously combusting, including wood, paper, cardboard, generic trash, dried brush, straw, hay, cloth, etc. Pallets have an extra problem too: hydrogen sulfide is reactive with rusty iron/steel, and pallets are held together with nails, screws and/or staples, which rust. So a little hydrogen sulfide finds some rusty iron/steel, a little sparking or sizzling occurs, spark lands on the wood, and whoosh, fire breaks out. These fires may start small, but they'll get huge very quickly, especially if no one's around to notice. At 12:30 AM, there was probably no one there, so the fire grew until it was big enough to attract attention...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-08 - Underground explosion and fire destroy driveway, ignite hedge, incinerate car, at home in Sutton (Britain):
Quote: "It was the fourth underground explosion in Sutton since April..."
Note: Hydrogen sulfide is a heavier-than-air gas and it will seek out low-lying areas like underground facilities, basements, ditches, ravines, canyons, valleys, ponds, lakes, streams, creeks, seas, quays, bays, etc. It is also reactive with copper, especially electrified copper, like wiring in vehicles and cables and other electrical equipment in electrical infrastructure. This is the likely cause of most of the non-running 'cold' vehicles bursting into flame. Britain overall saw a 200% increase year-over-year in underground explosions and fires from 2011 to 2012, as mentioned in the 2013-06-16 update. It sounds like the problem is getting worse too, as would be expected with an increasingly contaminated atmosphere...

2013-08-09 - Mysterious explosion rattles homes, alarms residents, in coastal Renton (Washington):
Quote: "Crews could smell a 'sulfur-like' smell and searched the area, which is inaccessible by car, but ultimately did not find the source of the explosion sound neighbors in the area heard. Anderson said that given that there was no associated fire located, the department will not likely investigate further, so the source of the blast will likely remain a mystery."
Note: Sulfur-like smell? Uh huh. This was probably a gas plume containing some hydrogen sulfide and possibly methane too, which found an ignition source and exploded. It was a remote area, so ignition source may have been lightning, static electricity, or some rusty iron or steel in the area (pipes, nails, whatever). What happens when these explosions occur in populated areas? Well, then you might see homes or businesses being destroyed. Say, there HAVE been a lot of explosions destroying homes and businesses lately. Coincidence? I doubt that...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-10 - Massive explosion hits chemical plant in coastal Hyo-go Prefecture (Japan), 30 injured:
Note: From the full hypothesis: "Likewise, chemical plants of all types will burn and/or explode, including biofuels plants, fertilizer plants, specialty chemical plants, petroleum-related facilities and more."
These chemical plant fires can be devastating, like the one in West (Texas), the plant that exploded and burned near Tavares (Florida), and many others. Living anywhere remotely near a chemical plant of any kind is looking like an increasingly dangerous proposition. None of these plants were designed to function in an atmosphere that is being contaminated with flammable methane and highly flammable and reactive hydrogen sulfide, so it is no wonder that chemical plants are exploding and burning. There will be many more events like this as conditions continue to worsen...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-11 - Wildfire burns 3000 acres in Skull Valley (Utah):
2013-08-11 - Wildfire burns 800 acres near Lake Tahoe (Nevada):
Note: These are by no means the largest or most devastating fires that have been steadily occurring. They are, however, representative of the common scenario which is unfolding: fires hitting coastal areas and other low-lying areas like lakes, valleys, canyons, etc. Hydrogen sulfide is a heavier-than-air gas so these are the areas in which it will tend to accumulate, absorbing into the ground, dried brush, dead trees, anything porous and absorbent. Once enough gas accumulates then fire can spontaneously ignite, or fire may ignite due to hydrogen sulfide's reactivity with electrified copper or rusty iron/steel, or from lightning strikes. Not only will such fires be unusually fierce and hot, they will also be highly dangerous for firefighters. A firefighter suddenly died in his truck at the scene of a fire in Oregon the day prior, for example, as mentioned in the 2013-08-10 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-12 - Massive inferno destroys hundreds of scrap vehicles in coastal Sharjah (UAE):
Quote: "Hundreds of vehicles and spare parts worth millions of dirhams were destroyed in the fire that gutted three second-hand car warehouses on Monday."
Quote: "A nearby furniture store was also destroyed."
Quote: "We lost more than 150 used cars, and if you add the cars lost in the whole blaze in all the warehouses it could be more than 400 vehicles."
Note: From the full hypothesis: "Metal-related businesses will be hit hard, including salvage yards and metal recycling centers." Scrapyards like this are vulnerable mostly because of hydrogen sulfide's reactivity with rusty iron/steel, although if the place has batteries in any vehicles then the reactivity with electrified copper will also cause problems. Since vehicles are going to keep on rusting, this problem won't be going away. There've been many fires just like this (though this may be the biggest such blaze so far)...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-13 - Indian submarine 'INS Sindhurakshak' explodes, burns, sinks, at port in coastal Mumbai (India), crew killed:
Quote: "An Indian navy submarine with about 18 sailors on board caught fire after an explosion and sunk early Wednesday at its home port in Mumbai."
Note: Lotsa boats and ships burning up this past year or so, and that looks highly likely to continue, and to escalate. Think back. Two barges exploded in coastal Mobile (Alabama). A gulf rig burned and exploded. A cruise ship burst into flame. A cargo ship cracked in half, burned and sank. Another cargo ship exploded and sank. And on and on. You can view the list of boat and ship fires on the right. Seeing as most of the methane and hydrogen sulfide is coming from the oceans, seas and lakes of the Earth, boats and ships are obviously going to have serious problems...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-14 - UPS jumbo cargo plane bursts into flame, crashes near airport in Birmingham (Alabama), both aboard killed:
Quote: "'It was on fire before it hit,' said Jerome Sanders, who lives directly across from the runway."
Quote: "People living near the airfield reported seeing flames coming from the aircraft and hearing its engines struggle in the final moments before impact."
Note: Just like all the ground vehicles bursting into flame, except with a plane you can't just pull right over and get out...
2013-08-14 - Small plane bursts into flame at 6 AM at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Category: Corpses In Low-Lying Areas
2013-08-15 - Man, 24, found dead in his boat on pond in Preble County (Ohio):
Note: This is at least the third person found dead IN their boat in the last 10 days, not counting all the people found dead NEAR their empty 'ghost boats', and there have been many of those events. A man was found dead in fishing boat in the American River near Sacramento (California), as mentioned in the 2013-08-08 update. And just two days prior to that, a man, 56, was found dead in his boat on the Illinois River near Hennepin (Illinois), as mention in the 2013-08-06 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-16 - Home explodes and burns at Guilford Lake in Lisbon (Ohio), 1 seriously burned:
Quote: "I tried to get him to sit down, but he didn't want to. His skin was coming off of his hands and starting to come off of his face. It looked like if you were to touch his face the skin would have come off..."
Note: That house is about 500 feet east-northeast (downwind) of the lake...
2013-08-16 - Home explodes on Miller Avenue in Euclid (Ohio):
Quote: "The house erupted into massive chunks, with the chimney blown apart and scattered in different backyards. The entire 2nd floor was flipped upside down. Windows were shattered in multiple neighboring homes, spraying glass in every direction. At least one other house was knocked off its foundation."

Category: Multiple Corpses
2013-08-17 - Mother and child, 39 and 3, found dead in parked car in coastal Warwick (Rhode Island):
Quote: "It’s not clear how Frink and her son died. Warwick police said there didn’t appear to be any foul play or trauma to the victims..."

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-18 - In separate incidents, vehicle and restaurant burst into flame in Mission Valley (California), near the coast:
Quote: "At around 1:15 p.m., firefighters responding to a vehicle fire right next to the Gordon-Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Mission Valley were called to another fire that broke out inside the eatery."
Note: First the vehicle caught fire while parked at the restaurant. While they were fighting the vehicle fire, another fire, 'electrical', began in the restaurant. Hydrogen sulfide is reactive with copper, especially electrified copper. That both these fires broke out in the same general area and in the same timeframe, and taking into consideration the proximity to the West Coast (2 miles) - this looks like hydrogen sulfide. What else, coincidence? This reminds me of another incident, where an SUV burst into flame while parked at one home and a dimmer switch (electrified copper) caught fire in the home next door, same time, as mentioned in the 2013-02-05 update. Coincidence again? No, a pattern, a trend...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-19 - B1 bomber bursts into flame, explodes, crashes, near Broadus (Montana), crew of 4 ejects, some injured:
Quote: "Rancher Steve Stoddard was on horseback riding with his cattle about 7:30 a.m. when he saw the plane coming from the northwest, trailing fire behind it. Seconds after the bomber came into view, he said, there was a loud explosion and a big ball of fire. Immediately after the explosion, the engine on the left side of the plane, along with all or a portion of the left wing, sheared off. 'It was coming apart in the air,' Stoddard said."
Quote: "Ekalaka residents tell MTN that neighboring ranchers reported seeing several parachutes deploy from the plane and an explosion before the plane crashed."
Note: About three hundred million bucks each for these bad boys. And a few days prior, a UPS cargo plane caught fire and crashed near airport in Birmingham (Alabama), killing both crew on board, as mentioned in the 2013-08-14 update. A passenger plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia with smoke in the cabin, as mentioned in the 2013-08-18 update. A private jet carrying Ratt and Dokken made an emergency landing in Illinois with smoke in the cabin, as mentioned in the 2013-08-17 update. There have been lots of similar incidents this past year or so, though obviously nothing as expensive as a B1 bomber burning, exploding and disintegrating. Clearly, planes are increasingly having problems as the atmosphere is progressively contaminated with highly flammable hydrogen sulfide and methane. Fly the friendly skies? They don't look all that friendly to me anymore...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-20 - Huge inferno engulfs giant pile of scrap metal at metal recycling center in coastal New Jersey:
2013-08-20 - Blaze engulfs at least 20 vehicles at metal scrap yard in West Paris (Maine):
Quote: "Crews spent nearly five hours Monday battling a fire that torched at least 20 vehicles stacked in a scrap metal yard on Maple Street."
Note: From the full hypothesis: "Metal-related businesses will be hit hard, including salvage yards and metal recycling centers."

Category: Animal Die-Offs
2013-08-21 - Two more dolphins found dead at beaches in Monmouth County (New Jersey):
Quote: "The deaths have been declared an 'unusual mortality event' by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration because of the significant number of dolphins found between New York and Virginia."
2013-08-21 - 26 dolphins found dead in one weekend on beaches in Virginia:
Note: Not looking too good for dolphins...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-22 - Underground electrical explosions and fires torch cars, sicken 5 people, in coastal Queens (New York):
Quote: "Fire officials say two manhole fires in Queens caused minor injuries to five people and heavily charred two vehicles parked nearby. Report of the fires came in at 12:38 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of 75th Street and 88th Avenue in the Woodside section. Con Edison spokesman Allan Drury said the fire resulted from 'a failure of underground electrical delivery equipment.'"
Quote: "Residents said they were startled out of their beds by a loud 'boom.'"
Note: Hydrogen sulfide is a heavier-than-air gas and will seek out low-lying areas like underground facilities, basements, lakes, ponds, streams, canyons, valleys, ditches, etc. It is also reactive with copper, especially electrified copper, like that used in electrical infrastructure, wiring in vehicles, doorbell wires, lighting fixture wiring on porches, etc. There have been many underground explosions and fires this past year or so and this problem looks certain to worsen...
2013-08-22 - Underground electrical explosions and fire hit West Jakarta (Indonesia), near the coast, 4 injured:

Category: Other Stories Of Interest
2013-08-23 - Hydrogen sulfide sickens two fishermen after it builds up in ship's hold, in coastal Rockland (Maine):
Quote: "Rockland Fire and EMS and Thomaston Ambulance crews responded to the O’Hara bait shop on Front Street Friday afternoon after two men were overcome by what turned out to be a buildup of hydrogen sulfide in the hold of the fishing vessel 'Starlight.'"
Quote: "A third crewman donned a breathing mask and brought another mask down to the conscious crewman, who quickly began to recover enough to get out of the hold with some assistance. The masked rescuer also put fresh air onto the unconscious man and they began pumping fresh air into the hold, to help clear the very poisonous and flammable gas."
Quote: "The gas is heavier than air, so the concentration of the hydrogen sulfide was greater at the bottom of the hold, and we estimate the first man was down there for 7-10 minutes. I don't know how bad the concentration was at the bottom, where he was laying, but it's a given he was down in the worst of it the longest."
Note: One guy went into the hold and collapsed unconscious. Second guy went to help the first guy and was incapacitated, though not knocked unconscious. Third guy got smart and got some oxygen masks. This is a common scenario with hydrogen sulfide poisoning events, where one person succumbs then others go to help and succumb too. Often that ends with fatalities. In this case, thanks to the smart third guy, nobody died, though who knows what kind of long-term effects the two who got hit will experience, especially the first guy, who was laying there and breathing hydrogen sulfide for some time...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-24 - Metal recycling business hit by raging fire in Waxahachie (Texas):
Quote: "According to its website, Oak Cliff Recycling processes steel, rebar, iron stainless, aluminum, brass, motors, aluminum, copper and other ferrous and non-ferrous metals."
2013-08-24 - Steel factory hit by massive blaze in Bara (Nepal):
2013-08-24 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, nine vehicles burn, in Crystal Springs (Mississippi):
Quote: "They say nine junk cars were stacked up, ready to be crushed. In the process, that spark--from an unknown source--caused all nine cars to go up in flames."
Note: Hydrogen sulfide is reactive with rusty iron/steel. From the full hypothesis: "Metal-related businesses will be hit hard, including salvage yards and metal recycling centers." There've been lots of fires like this lately, the biggest of which was an enormous pile of scrap metal that burst into flame in coastal New Jersey a few days prior to this event, as mentioned in the 2013-08-20 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-25 - Transit bus bursts into flame on I-15 in Salt Lake City (Utah):
2013-08-25 - Charter bus bursts into flame on I-76 in Mahoning County (Ohio):
Note: Both of the above buses were destroyed by the fires, and both fires began with tires igniting. From the full hypothesis: "Massive vehicles such as big RVs, buses, tanker trucks, tractor trailers, dump trucks, and car-haulers will be destroyed by fire in escalating numbers after tires or brakes ignite." Also, see the FOUR OTHER buses that burned up this day. Whew...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-26 - Landfill erupts in flame in Glasgow (Kentucky):
2013-08-26 - Recycling plant hit by fire in Stockton (California):
2013-08-26 - Recycling plant still burning after a week in Bredbury, Stockport (Britain):
2013-08-26 - Huge fire engulfs recycling warehouse near the Great Pee Dee River in Florence County (South Carolina):

Quote: "DuPont closed the plant several years ago and sold it to a Wisconsin plastic recycling firm in 2011 to use as a warehouse."

Quote: "Windy Hill Fire Police Chief John DeLung says the fire is the biggest Florence County has seen in 20 years."
Note: From the full hypothesis: "Trash-related facilities such as recycling centers and landfills will burn hard too, as hydrogen sulfide is absorbed into flammable absorbent materials like wood, paper, cardboard, straw, hay, dried brush, generic trash, clothing, cotton, wool."

Category: Corpses In Low-Lying Areas
2013-08-28 - 'Strong stench' in building kills worker, sickens others, in coastal Port-of-Spain on the island of Trinidad:,182831.html
Quote: "Noting that persons who work inside the building have been complaining of feeling nauseous, Duke declared 'this building is killing people,' and cited the fact that while he was there yesterday morning, a policeman began coughing up blood. The PSA president also said an officer, whom he identified as Senior Superintendent Cumberbatch, also complained of feeling nauseous and generally unwell during a similar walkout last week Tuesday (August 20). 'That officer died over the weekend. No one should be occupying that building in its current state. It is only fit to be a morgue,' Duke said."
Note: So one person coughed up blood, another felt sick then died, and others are feeling nauseous. This sounds very much like hydrogen sulfide and this area is on the west coast of the island, the side most likely to get hit by hydrogen sulfide blowing in off the ocean. Hundreds of fish bubbled up dead in the La Pastora River in May on the island too, as mentioned in the 2013-05-10 update. Dead birds were found near the shoreline at Marabella in Trinidad in April, as mentioned in the 2013-04-12 update. Many crayfish died in the Marianne River in Trinidad, as mentioned in the 2013-04-04 update. Late last year a man, 24, bit the cheek off a baby and chewed on her leg, also in Port-of-Spain, as mentioned in the 2012-12-10 update. There have been numerous mysterious deaths on the island, and many fires as well, too many to relate.
This story is similar to the event that happened on the island of Jamaica in February, where 'noxious fumes' sickened dozens and knocked some people unconscious, causing panic and evacuations, as mentioned in the 2013-02-28 update. But if it is ONLY this building that is being afflicted then it actually sounds even more like the woman who was killed by hydrogen sulfide in her home in Kansas City (Kansas), as mentioned in the 2013-07-04 update. In that case, it appears her sewer trap wasn't working properly, so the gas infiltrated her home via the sewers. Hydrogen sulfide is a heavier-than-air gas so it will blow ashore then settle to low-lying areas, flowing into sewer systems, basements, underground facilities, etc. Sewers are also a traditional source of hydrogen sulfide even in normal times. So if your sewer trap isn't working properly then you can be gassed to death if the gas gets pushed up into your home from the sewer system. If I were the people here in Trinidad, I wouldn't step into that building again until it's had like a week of ozone generators running non-stop and I'd definitely check the sewer trap too, make sure it's not damaged and that it has water in it.
Also, a big thanks to the anonymous reader who posted a comment with this link. I can't catch everything, and I hadn't seen this event, and taken in context with all the other stuff happening around the world, it's a pretty big story. So, thanks!

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-28 - Underground electrical fire takes out power to some in Walnut Hills (Ohio):
Quote: "... the underground fire caused a power outage for customers in the neighborhood as well as surrounding areas. At the highest point, up to 4,600 customers in Hamilton County were in the dark."
Note: And here's yet another underground electrical fire. These have been happening with escalating frequency. Hydrogen sulfide is reactive with copper, especially electrified copper. It's also a heavier-than-air gas which will tend to flow to low-lying areas, like underground electrical facilities, basements, creeks, streams, valleys, ditches, etc. This is also likely the cause of many of the vehicles bursting into flame, especially the vehicles that burst into flame while not running. It wasn't long ago at all that underground electrical explosions and fires torched some cars in coastal Queens (New York), as mentioned in the 2013-08-22 update. You might not want to walk too close to manholes or grates in the street anymore, because these explosions and fires can happen at any time now...

Category: Animal Die-Offs
2013-08-29 - More than 100 elk drop dead at ranch near Las Vegas (Nevada):
Note: This event reminds me of the 500 endangered saiga antelope that dropped dead in May 2012, as mentioned in the 2012-05-22 update. And 12,000 more saiga antelope dropped dead in on May 27 in 2010 too:
Note: It couldn't really be anything they drank or ingested, nor a disease, else their corpses would have been scattered across a wider area as the weakest succumbed and the next weakest and so on. So it was something that killed all of them and did so quickly. That sounds like a 'knockdown agent', which is what hydrogen sulfide is. Also, that first mass saiga antelope death was in May of 2010, and the birds dropping dead from the sky in Beebe (Arkansas) was on New Years Eve in late 2010 - so obviously this all began before the Fukushima event happened...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-30 - Car explodes and burns in garage at home in Paris (Maine), fire spreads to garage, home:
Quote: "Homeowner Freeman, who was not home when the fire started, said her husband told her he parked his car in the garage attached to the house and went into the house when he heard several explosions and saw smoke. Freeman said they believed there was a short-circuit in the car that sparked the blaze."
Note: Hydrogen sulfide is reactive with copper, especially electrified copper, like vehicle wiring. This is most likely the cause of a great many of the parked non-running vehicles bursting into flame, plus all the underground electrical fires and explosions, plus the vehicles starting themselves, especially when burning. And consider how a heavier-than-air gas like hydrogen sulfide will blow much of the time: crawling in pockets horizontally across the landscape. A garage is often apt to be open when the owner is away at work or running errands. So an open garage is sort of like a large horizontal bucket, which will help capture any gases blowing across the landscape.
So this man gets in his car, goes out and does his business, probably leaves the garage open. While he's gone, gases infiltrate the garage. He pulls in, goes inside, seals the car in the garage with whatever gases got captured. Now the gases are there, they can't get out easily, AND there's some electrified copper and rust present. As soon as hydrogen sulfide finds some electrified copper or rust, you might see a fire or explosion, if the air mix is volatile enough or if a spark lands on something flammable like paper or wood or cardboard or a tire. The volatility of the air mix can come from ANY flammable vapor source and need not be entirely from hydrogen sulfide, but may also involve methane, gasoline fumes, paint thinner fumes, rubbing alcohol fumes, sunscreen fumes, propane fumes, butane fumes, whatever, but with just a bit of hydrogen sulfide present, enough to react with the electrified copper or rust as PART of a volatile air mix.
And if this is how it works - and this fits with observations very well - then what would we expect to see? More fires involving OTHER volatile gases. So, more meth lab fires and explosions. We've always had some, but now there will be more, with hydrogen sulfide acting as the igniter instead of carelessness. And there will be more fires and explosions involving cannabis oil extraction using butane. There will be more fires starting as people siphon gas, and more fires and explosions involving propane stoves and gas appliances. More fires and explosions will hit industrial gas wells and other flammable fossil fuel plants, as well as drilling rigs.
Here's a way to think about this problem: as hydrogen sulfide increasingly contaminates the atmosphere, it will act as an igniter, a kind of ghostly match, not only sometimes spontaneously igniting at the worst possible time but MOSTLY igniting at the worst possible time - when there's some other flammable gas present in sizeable concentration, for whatever reason. Would you siphon gas if there was a lit match right there? No, certainly not, but you won't SEE this match, not until it's struck, and then...too late. This problem is insidious. This also explains the numerous cars and boats that have spontaneously ignited while refueling or right after refueling: while gas vapors are present, a ghostly match ignites and tada, explosion and/or fire.
Yikes. This is quite a problem, with lots of implications, and effects that will permeate all of human civilization as it currently exists...

Category: Fires And Explosions
2013-08-31 - Underground electrical explosion rocks downtown Detroit (Michigan), manholes blown off:
Quote: "WXYZ-TV reported that authorities said Saturday morning's explosion happened at an underground electrical substation in the central business district. WWJ-AM, WXYZ and WDIV reported the blasts blew manhole covers into the air."
Note: That area is just a few blocks from the Detroit River. Hydrogen sulfide is a heavier-than-air gas and it will settle into low-lying areas when the wind isn't blowing it onward, like underground facilities, sewers, basements, underground parking garages, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, ditches, canyons, ravines, etc. It is also reactive with copper, especially electrified copper, like that used in electrical infrastructure, including wiring in vehicles. There have been a great many underground electrical explosions and fires, especially in the last few months...

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