Monday, February 1, 2016

2016 - JAN - Spotlight Stories

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-01 - Boy, 8 or 9, killed when car bursts into flame in Meerpet (India), another boy injured:,-claims-youngster.html?psource=Home-Category

2016-01-01 - Boy, 2, killed when RV goes up in flames in Willits (California):

Note: This is the 1st RV to burn in 2016...

2016-01-01 - Tesla Model S bursts into flame at charging station near coastal Kristiansand (Norway):

Note: Tesla's stock price dropped after this fire...

2016-01-01 - As landfill fire burns toward radioactive waste, EPA orders isolation barrier, in Bridgeton (Missouri):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-02 - Garage goes up in flames at home in Medford (Oregon):

2016-01-02 - Garage goes up in flames at home in Lehigh Township (Pennsylvania):

2016-01-02 - Garage damaged by fire at home in Holland (Michigan):

2016-01-02 - Garage destroyed by fire at 1 AM at home in Southwick (Massachusetts):

2016-01-02 - Home damaged by garage fire in Lake Los Angeles (California):

2016-01-02 - Home damaged by garage fire in Ridgecrest (California):

2016-01-02 - Home damaged by garage fire in Hillsboro (Oregon):

2016-01-02 - Home damaged by garage fire in the wee hours, garage destroyed, in Georgia (Vermont):

Note: Are people still parking vehicles or lawnmowers or generators in their garages?! Cuz that's just not a good idea nowadays unless you've got a hankerin' to be homeless. A parked car just ignited in an underground parking garage and destroyed an entire apartment building in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut), leaving 120 people homeless, mentioned in the 2015-12-31 update. Also see the parked big rig that ignited and incinerated a big chunk of a farm business on this day in Oswego (New York)...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-03 - Three mysterious metal spheres fall out of the sky after atmospheric explosion in Vietnam:

Quote: "The first sphere was found by local residents in Tuyen Quang Province, following a loud noise from a supposed aerial explosion on Saturday morning."

Note: Some strange orbs fell out of the sky near Calasparra (Spain) recently too, mentioned in the 2015-11-10 update. Maybe these are some kind of autonomous drones being used to try to mitigate the atmospheric contamination problem, perhaps by generating ozone to react away hydrogen sulfide and methane. Ozone can't be transported because it's too reactive, so it has to be generated where you need it. We need it in the atmosphere, to postpone the extermination of mankind by at least a little bit, so maybe that's what these things do. They must use electricity, so they may ignite concentrated gas plumes and get knocked out of the sky by fires and/or explosions from time to time - not unlike all the planes that have been coming down smoking or burning in recent times - but they're clearly unmanned, so some loss is acceptable. If I was Vietnam, I'd crack these spheres open and have some smart people take a good hard look at what's inside...

2016-01-03 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in West Moors (Britain):

2016-01-03 - Forklift, eight cars and auto dealership destroyed by fire just before 1 AM in Winchester (Illinois):

2016-01-03 - U-Haul truck bursts into flame at midnight while parked at business in coastal Hyannis (Massachusetts):

2016-01-03 - RV bursts into flame while parked in alley in Medford (Oregon):

Note: This is the 5th RV to burn in 2016...

2016-01-03 - Two pickup trucks, car, midget race car, two ATVs and barn destroyed by fire in Lehigh Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "It took firefighters about four hours to extinguish the blaze. In addition to the building, also destroyed were two pickup trucks, a Chevy Camaro, a quarter midget race car and two all-terrain vehicles, Haggerty said."

2016-01-03 - Car bursts into flame just before 2 AM while parked at apartments in Cookeville (Tennessee):,11494

2016-01-03 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on Miller Brook in Croyde (Britain):

2016-01-03 - Vehicle bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home in Bennington (New York):

Quote: "According to Fire Chief in Charge, Bennington Fire Chief Jim Dick, preliminary reports state the fire started in a vehicle in the attached garage."

2016-01-03 - Five cars and home destroyed by fire in Vacaville (California), nobody there:

Quote: "It took fire crews from six agencies to control the flames that took down the two story home and destroyed five cars. John Zazrivy with the Solano County Incident Management Team said the family living inside the house wasn't home at the time of the fire, but they are now displaced."

Note: So more unknown orbs crashing out of the sky, after an atmospheric explosion this time, and more piles of parked vehicles igniting and sometimes destroying whatever buildings are nearby. The more vehicles you have, the greater the chance that one will ignite and destroy the others too, if they're parked near each other anyway...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-04 - Scrap metal and scrap car go up in flames at scrapyard in Knoxville (Tennessee):

Quote: "Crews found fire and smoke coming from a pile of scrap metal approximately 20 feet by 40 feet. A car that was set to be scrapped also caught fire."

2016-01-04 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Tucker (Georgia):

2016-01-04 - Two superyachts, 'The One' and 'Barbie', go up in flames at 2 AM while docked in coastal Marmaris (Turkey):

Quote: "The yachting world is in shock as a huge fire has caused serious damage to two superyachts in the Turkish town of Marmaris. The fire started at approximately 2am this morning (January 4) on board the iconic 70.68 metre Lürssen The One. Approximately 30 minutes later it spread to neighbouring 52 metre Al Jadaf Barbie. "

Note: First fire I've seen so far that involved MULTIPLE superyachts...

2016-01-04 - Boat bursts into flame on the Occoquan River in Occoquan (Maryland):

Note: These are the 7th, 8th and 9th boats or ships to burn in 2016...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-05 - More than 100 scrap cars go up in flames just before 6 AM at salvage yard in Milperra (Australia):

Quote: "A blaze that destroyed more than 100 cars at the Pickles Auctions car yard in Sydney's west is no longer being treated as suspicious. The blaze in Milperra also damaged a large number of cars. 'These cars were in stacks three high. They've lost about 100 cars that have been totally destroyed and another 100 damaged by radiant heat,' NSW Fire and Rescue Superintendent Tom Cooper told AAP. Thick black smoke alerted nearby residents to the blaze, prompting a number of calls to 000 just before 6am."

2016-01-05 - Underground electrical explosions and fire hits Reseda (California):

Quote: "Firefighters were sent to the 18000 block of Sherman Way about 10:15 a.m. on a report of smoke showing and the sound of explosions, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported."

2016-01-05 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Schenectady (New York):

2016-01-05 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manholes off in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2016-01-05 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Croydon (Britain):

2016-01-05 - Utility pole bursts into flame in Chesterfield County (Virginia), 1200 homes go dark:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-06 - Wildfires burned more than 10 million acres in the US last year for the first time:

2016-01-06 - Famoso Raceway hit by fire at 3:30 AM, multiple buildings burn, in McFarland (California):

Quote: "A call was received around 3:30 a.m. When fire crews arrived on scene, they found the starter tower, including the announcement booth engulfed in flames. Crews were able to use water from the canal near Highway 99 to get a knock down of the fire just before 4:00 a.m."

Note: Charred pickup truck in the pics...

2016-01-06 - Metal recycling center goes up in flames in Essex (Connecticut), near the Connecticut River:

Quote: "The debris inside the scrap metal recycling facility was acting like fuel for the fire."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-07 - Wildfire rages through Yarloop (Australia), near the coast, 95+ homes destroyed:

Quote: "He said firefighters told him the town's pub, bowling club and historic timber workshops had been destroyed. 'You've got seasoned firefighters who've been around for many years saying they've never seen anything like it,' Mr Cowper said. 'A big fireball came through and there was no way they were going to stop it. This could well be the end of the town.'"

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area. A huge fire recently ripped through coastal Lorne (Australia) too, destroying 100+ homes, mentioned in the 2015-12-24 update...

2016-01-07 - Salvage yard hit by fire at 2:30 AM, 25+ junk cars burn, in Cleveland (Ohio):

Quote: "A junkyard fire on the city's west side left more than two dozen cars burned. Crews were called to 3900 Pearl Road around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The fire, just a quarter of a mile away from the zoo, destroyed 25 cars."

2016-01-07 - Five fire trucks go up in flames while parked in fire station in Havelock, New Brunswick (Canada), nobody there:

Quote: "The fire, which caused significant damage to the building on Thursday morning, is believed to have started in the rescue truck and then spread to the rest of the trucks and station."

Quote: "He says the four-bay garage was badly scorched and five vehicles received extensive damage."

2016-01-07 - Five school buses destroyed by fire at 5:50 AM while parked at facility in Warsaw (Indiana):

Quote: "No injuries were immediately reported, however officials on the scene said six buses were inside the building and five of them were destroyed in the fire."

Note: These are the 9th through 13th school buses to burn in 2016 and the 15th through 19th buses to burn in 2016...

2016-01-07 - Six RVs destroyed by fire at 1:20 AM while parked at RV business, 9 more damaged, in coastal Port St. Lucie (Florida):

Quote: "6 RVs were destroyed, 9 more were damaged from the extreme heat and a roof collapsed. Investigators say a passerby called 911 after seeing the fire from Interestate 95 about 1:30 Thursday morning. Police rushed to the scene and had to cut the lock off the gate to get in."

Note: These are the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th RVs to burn in 2016. Basically the same kind of fire, the fire trucks, school buses and RVs - piles of vehicles near each other going up in flames together. Same thing for the auto salvage yard fires for that matter, and there have been a lot of those...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-08 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes and alarms people in coastal Panama City Beach (Florida):

Quote: "None of the military bases in the area confirmed any activity possibly contributing to the explosive sound. Gulf Power representatives said there weren't any reported blown transformers. Law enforcement said they have no reason to believe it was criminal."

2016-01-08 - Scrap metal recycling facility reignites before 3 AM in Essex (Connecticut):

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Metal-related businesses will be hit hard, including salvage yards and metal recycling centers."

2016-01-08 - Recycling center erupts in flame just before 3 AM in Concord (New Hampshire):

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."

2016-01-08 - Massive wildfire destroys thousands of olive trees in the Cape Winelands District (South Africa), near the coast:

Note: Another huge coastal wildfire, much like the one that's still raging in Australia...

2016-01-08 - Passenger train bursts into flame on bridge between High Wycombe and Saunderton (Britain):

Note: A passenger train was just destroyed by fire in Hellersdorf (Germany) too, mentioned in the 2016-01-06 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-09 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes and alarms people in York County (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "York County 911 is fielding calls from various parts of the county reporting a loud explosion, the County Control confirmed. Emergency personnel are searching for a source for the noise, but haven't found one yet, according to 911 transmissions. York County 911 said no one had found anything on fire nor any remnants of an explosion."

2016-01-09 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns in Robertson County (Texas):

2016-01-09 - Chemical plant explodes and burns in Lengshuijiang (China):

2016-01-09 - Restaurant destroyed by explosion and fire in the Old Market area in Omaha (Nebraska):

Category: Variety Pack

2016-01-10 - Strong sewage-sulfur odor blows through parts of coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "Environment authorities are investigating a strong sewage odour in Melbourne's western suburbs. The Environment Protection Authority has received around 100 calls from the public after the strong sulphur smell wafted through numerous suburbs including Altona, Footscray, Tullamarine and Maidstone on Sunday night."

Note: Also see the massive tire fire that burned in Melbourne on this day. This odor event is very similar to the huge clouds of hydrogen sulfide that hit Moscow (Russia) and coastal Kuwait City (Kuwait), and the cloud of toxic gas that hit coastal Rayong (Thailand), and the 'rotten egg' odors that have hit coastal Quincy (Massachusetts), Meriden (Connecticut), coastal Santa Monica (California), coastal Seattle (Washington), coastal Staten Island (New York), the hydrogen sulfide that turned a boating town into a veritable ghost town in coastal Jurien Bay (Australia), etc, etc, etc. Now that the oceans are regularly spewing methane and hydrogen sulfide, it is just a matter of time until there are no human beings left alive on the surface of the Earth. This is the same ol' extinction event that has mostly wiped out oxygen-using life over and over in Earth's past, and it's back again to wipe US out...

2016-01-10 - Man and woman, 25 and 32, found dead at 12:18 AM in hotel room in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

Quote: "According to police, officers arrived and saw a male lying on the bed unresponsive. Officer Bates kicked open the door and found the 25-year-old male was deceased in the room. A 32-year-old female was also found deceased in the room Homicide detectives were called out to the scene, but there did not appear to be any signs of foul play."

2016-01-10 - Two brothers, 17 and 25, go out on kayak, next seen dead in Canyon Lake (Texas):

2016-01-10 - Two men, 58 and 56, found dead on boat in Prince of Wales Bay near coastal Hobart (Australia):

Quote: "The cause of death of two men found dead on a boat off Hobart on Monday remains unknown but police believe foul play is unlikely. The pair had stayed behind on the boat after the owner left with his seven-year-old daughter over the weekend when she had an undisclosed medical emergency while they were near Wineglass Bay on Tasmania’s east coast."

Quote: "The girl, who is understood to have suffered seizures, was airlifted to hospital along with her father."

Note: So a little girl had seizures, and then these two men were found dead on the boat...

2016-01-10 - Volcano Shiveluch erupts on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-11 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked in garage, fire spreads to home, in Victoria (Texas):

2016-01-11 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home in Augusta (Maine), near the Kennebec River:

2016-01-11 - Five cars go up in flames at 5:12 AM while parked in carpark at university in Birmingham (Alabama):

Quote: "Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Chief Charles Gordon said they received a call at 5:12 a.m. to the deck at Sixth Avenue South and 18th Street. When they arrived on the scene at 5:13 a.m., there were a total of five cars on fire."

2016-01-11 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at Castlepoint Shopping Centre in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

2016-01-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame while parked on Mare Hill Road in Pulborough (Britain):

2016-01-11 - Bobcat construction vehicle bursts into flame while parked in barn, fire spreads to barn, in Wayland (Michigan):

2016-01-11 - Several cars and auto shop destroyed by fire at 11:20 PM in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "San Antonio Fire Department crews arrived at the shop in the 2500 block of South Hackberry Street around 11:20 p.m. found heavy smoke pouring out of the building. Within minutes, fire had swept through the property, engulfing the building and several cars inside. Firefighters said cars exploded as they worked to douse the flames."

2016-01-11 - Vehicle and woodworking shop destroyed by fire shortly before 6:30 AM in Wallagrass (Maine):

Quote: "Despite their efforts, a large garage with tools, materials and a vehicle inside were lost, according to Fort Kent Fire Chief Ed Endee. Shortly before 6:30 a.m., homeowner Thomas Michaud called for help after spotting the fire from his home on the other side of the property."

2016-01-11 - Snowmobiles, garage and mobile home destroyed by fire at 1:11 AM in Castile (New York):

2016-01-11 - Car, garage and home destroyed by fire in Scott (Louisiana):

Quote: "Scott Fire Department dashcam video shows how the fire engulfed the house, garage, and car in the driveway."

Note: All vehicles are now randomly-igniting firebombs that can go off at any time, parked or driven, so it's probably wise nowadays not to park a vehicle near anything you don't want to see burning, like your home...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-12 - Tire recycling plant goes up in flames before 2 AM in Pilot Mountain (North Carolina), nobody there:

Quote: "A fire early Tuesday has severely damaged the New River Tire Recycling plant on old Highway 52. No employees were inside the plant when the fire started at about 1 a.m."

2016-01-12 - Tire shop erupts in flame in the wee hours, fire spreads to restaurant, in Harris County (Texas):

Note: A massive tire fire just burned 130,000 tires in coastal Melbourne (Australia) too, mentioned in the 2016-01-10 update, the same day that Melbourne was hit by a huge cloud of unidentified sulfur-smelling noxious gas that sickened people. The problem with tires is that they contain steel wires, so if any old tires are around and some hydrogen sulfide blows by, the rusty steel may spark and since it's right next to flammable rubber, you may get a fire. Some of the tire fires in recent years have been outrageously huge, some so big they could be seen from space...

2016-01-12 - Pallet company erupts in flame at 2 AM, fire gets huge, in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

Quote: "Firefighters are trying to figure out what caused a massive fire at a business in the South Valley early Tuesday morning. Officials say around 2 a.m. they were dispatched to the 3500 block of Broadway Boulevard SE after a wood pallet company caught on fire."

Note: Pallets are much like tires - they're made with steel nails or screws, which rust, and since the rust is right next to flammable wood (which may itself have adsorbed methane and/or hydrogen sulfide), then if some hydrogen sulfide blows by, you may get a fire. Some of the pallet fires in recent years have also been outrageously huge and also so big they could be seen from space...

2016-01-12 - Underground electrical fire erupts at train station in coastal Sydney (Australia), station evacuated:

2016-01-12 - Landfill still burning after three weeks near the coast in Guayana:

2016-01-12 - Australia's devastating fire season looking much like the record-setting US fire season in 2015:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-13 - Man killed when car explodes into flame on the M11 in Cambridgeshire near Barton (Britain):

Quote: "There is no indication at this time of a collision taking place or any other vehicles being involved. One person, a man, is believed to have been in the vehicle."

Note: You just can't count on not burning to death when you get into a vehicle anymore. Kinda similar to the van that burst into flame and killed a man on the M60 near Stockport (Britain), mentioned in the 2014-06-17 update, although of course there've been a whole lot of people burning to death in vehicles since then...

2016-01-13 - 22 tanker trucks destroyed by massive inferno at fracking site near Chickasha (Oklahoma):

Quote: "The Grady County Fire Chief tell us 22 different truck/trailer combinations were completely destroyed – each one valued at $1.8 million dollars."

2016-01-13 - Truck bursts into flame at oceanfront condo complex, fire spreads to complex, gets huge, in coastal Ocean City (Maryland):

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area. Very similar to the car that burst into flame at 6 AM while parked at apartments in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut), mentioned in the 2015-12-31 update. That fire spread and destroyed the entire apartment building, leaving 120 people homeless...

2016-01-13 - Machinery factory explodes and burns in coastal Shanghai (China), 4 killed, 2 injured:

2016-01-13 - Pallet yard erupts in flame at 1:30 AM, fire gets huge, burns 2 acres of pallets, in Fontana (California):

Note: A big pallet fire just erupted at 2 AM at a pallet business in Albuquerque (New Mexico) too, mentioned in the 2016-01-12 update...

2016-01-13 - Underground electrical fire blacks out apartments in Charleston (West Virginia):

Quote: "AEP tells 13 News there was an underground fire Wednesday morning by One Morris Street Apartments in Charleston. Currently there is no power in the building. To fix the problem work has to be completed by AEP and the apartment complex. Residents could be without power for several days and possibly up to a week."

Quote: "Tennant Mike Whiteford says he has been told by his landlord to prepare for at least five days without power."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-14 - Small plane damaged by explosion then crashes, in Middlesex County (Virginia), 1 killed:

Quote: "Alvin Keycr says he was sitting outside his home on Regent Road when he spotted the plane coming down. 'We heard naaa, pat pat, and then the next thing you know... it went boom,' he says. 'The tail blew up, and then it started gliding and twisting. Then the wings just folded up, and it went down."

2016-01-14 - Small plane hit by smoke, makes emergency landing in coastal Hyannis (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A Cape Air plane with two people aboard had to make an emergency landing at Barnstable Municipal Airport at around 5:45 p.m. Thursday, according to airport and fire officials. Smoke began to fill the cockpit, forcing the pilot to land at the airport in Hyannis, Airport Manager Roland 'Bud' Breault said."

2016-01-14 - Coast Guard helicopter bursts into flame at base in coastal Cape Cod (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter experienced a fire in its engine Thursday evening. Joint Base Cape Cod crash crews responded to the scene on the tarmac at the base around 8 p.m."

Note: These are the 3rd, 4th and 5th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-01-14 - Underground explosion blows manhole off in coastal Karachi (Pakistan), 3 injured:

2016-01-14 - Underground explosion blows manhole off in coastal Istanbul (Turkey):

2016-01-14 - Underground electrical fire spews flames from manhole in Coventry (Britain):

2016-01-14 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Avon Road in Culcheth, Warrington (Britain):

Category: Aircraft Incidents

2016-01-15 - Small plane bursts into flame in hangar in Justin in Denton County (Texas):

Quote: "The fire, which was quickly contained, was first reported just before 3 p.m. Friday at Clark Airfield in Justin. It appears a small plane was destroyed by flames."

2016-01-15 - Small plane explodes and crashes near Meeker (Colorado), 1+ killed:

Quote: "Rio Blanco Sheriff's Office deputies have recovered the remains of one person in a plane crash debris field about 15 miles west of Meeker after a report of a midair explosion."

Note: These are the 6th and 7th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-01-15 - Passenger plane hit by severe turbulence en route to coastal Miami (Florida), 6 injured:

2016-01-15 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Dayton (Ohio), hydraulics problem:

2016-01-15 - Small plane crashes near Garden City (Texas), 1 killed:

2016-01-15 - Small plane makes emergency landing at golf course in Cheyenne (Wyoming), engine failure:

2016-01-15 - Small plane crash-lands on tundra at coastal Hooper Bay (Alaska), light injuries:

2016-01-15 - Small plane crashes near airport in Apura (Suriname), 2 killed, 3 injured:

2016-01-15 - Two Marine helicopters collide over the ocean near Oahu (Hawaii), 12 missing:

Quote: "The U.S. Coast Guard says it has responded to a report of a military aircraft collision involving two Marine helicopters off the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, Chief Petite Officer Fara Mooers told ABC News. Responders are searching for 12 people in a debris field 2 miles off the coast of Haleiwa. Each helicopter was carrying six people."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-16 - Mysterious explosions shake homes and alarm people in Wichita (Kansas):

2016-01-16 - Large brush fire erupts in Wichita (Kansas):

Note: Maybe one of those mysterious explosions ignited this brush fire. Same area, same day...

2016-01-16 - Chemical plant rocked by explosion on Bay Area Boulevard in coastal Pasadena (Texas), 1 killed, 3+ injured:

Quote: "One person is dead and three others were hospitalized after an explosion at the PeroxyChem plant in Pasadena Saturday afternoon."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-01-16 - Chemical plant hit by explosion and fire in coastal Jubail (Saudi Arabia):

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."

2016-01-16 - Underground electrical explosion(s) and fire blacks out 1500 homes in Castaic (California):

Quote: "A witness at the scene said he heard five loud noises before seeing flames coming up from the ground."

2016-01-16 - Underground electrical fire blacks out hotel near the Arch in St. Louis (Missouri), near the Mississippi River:

2016-01-16 - Underground electrical fire spits flames from manhole in Lower Gornal (Britain):

Category: Unusual Vehicular Accidents

2016-01-17 - Person has 'medical episode' in car, car bursts into flame, in garage at home in Hamilton Township (New Jersey), 2 injured:

Quote: "Police believe the driver of a vehicle located in the garage had a medical episode and the car overheated, causing the fire. The driver and another resident of the home was taken to the hospital."

2016-01-17 - Man, 26, has seizure, SUV plows into fire station, in coastal Port Royal (South Carolina):

Quote: "News 3 spoke with a friend of the driver who had a seizure and crashed his car into the Port Royal Police and Fire station building. A friend of 26-year-old Mark Wold says he was treated in an area hospital, and has been released."

2016-01-17 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing at airport in Green Bay (Wisconsin), smoke alarm:

2016-01-17 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing at airport in coastal Norfolk (Virginia), engine failure:

2016-01-17 - Small plane crashes on Vine Street in Madison (Georgia), engine failure, 2 injured:

2016-01-17 - Fire truck's brakes fail, truck crashes and overturns, in Harrison (Maine):

2016-01-17 - Tanker truck crashes into river at 2 AM in Saint Catherine Parish on the island of Jamaica:

2016-01-17 - RV veers off road into ditch, on US 101 in coastal Gold Beach (Oregon), 1 killed:

Quote: "The report says 'it is speculated by medical personnel that Gillette had a medical emergency prior to the crash.' A 3-year-old passenger, Gillette's grandson, was not injured."

Note: I bet that medical emergency is what killed him too, because the RV doesn't look damaged and the child was uninjured. You just can't count on staying conscious (or even alive) when driving nowadays - or when NOT driving, for that matter - especially near coasts or other low-lying areas like valleys, canyons, ravines, ditches, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, dams, etc...

Category: Variety Pack

2016-01-18 - Mysterious rotten egg odor increasing in frequency in Richmond (Texas), people worried:

Quote: "But a mysterious odor has some homeowners in a small part of this community on edge. 'The smell is so horrid, that it will wake you from the deepest sleep,' Keilers said. Keilers said last week he was sound asleep until 2 a.m. when the smell of rotten eggs woke him up."

Quote: "Keilers said the frequency of the smell is increasing, from once every three months to almost every other day sometimes. 'The smell is of rotten egg. So it's indicative of hydrogen sulfide. So with exposure to that even if it's long-term, short-term, what are the effects to me? What are the effects to my two 3-year-old twins? It's health concerns,' Keilers said."

Note: They're being hit by poison gas, same as the people smelling rotten egg odor near that methane leak in California, so yeah, they should be worried...

2016-01-18 - Private jet explodes and burns and crashes in field in Cedar Fort (Utah), 2 killed:

Quote: "'Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom and seeing an airplane, on fire and coming apart, falling to the ground,' according to a sheriff's office news release. Cannon added that a witness said the explosion shook the windows of his business."

Note: This is the 8th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-01-18 - Ethanol plant explodes and burns at 4:30 AM in Mt. Vernon (Indiana):

2016-01-18 - Oil factory damaged by huge blaze in West Bengal (India):

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."

2016-01-18 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, near Rockville (Indiana):

Quote: "Firefighters are battling a fire in Parke County. Crews were called out around 10:45 p.m. Monday for a report of fire at Mecca Auto Salvage near Rockville. The business is located on Mecca Road."

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Metal-related businesses will be hit hard, including salvage yards and metal recycling centers."

2016-01-18 - Pallet business erupts in flame in Fontana (California):

Quote: "The Sunday night blaze, in the 15600 block of Boyle Avenue, was less than two miles from where firefighters fought a pallet fire last Wednesday. Firefighters on Sunday found an area of the pallet yard on fire. Some of the pallets were stacked 40 pallets high, according to a fire department statement."

Note: The previous pallet fire that they mention in Fontana, which was huge and burned 2 acres of stacked pallets, was mentioned in the 2016-01-13 update. From the full hypothesis: "Wood-related fires will escalate, including fires at pallet companies, wood-carving businesses, furniture businesses, door companies, cabinet companies, etc."

2016-01-18 - Landfill hit by fire near coastal Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), noxious smoke hits the city:

Quote: "Air pollution in Santo Domingo is (from) a fire at the Duquesa landfill. Dense smoke covers the city..."

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: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-19 - Person killed when car bursts into flame on Hermitage Road in Birstall (Britain):

Quote: "Subsequent enquiries have confirmed that one person was in the car at the time of the fire. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage."

2016-01-19 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Schererville (Indiana):

Quote: "A large number of cars that had been crushed up and were to be hauled off the property caught fire..."

2016-01-19 - Landfill hit by fire in Talagante (Chile), smoke blows over Santiago:

2016-01-19 - Transformer explodes and burns near Uganda House in Kampala (Uganda), blackouts ensue:

2016-01-19 - Utility pole bursts into flame before 5:09 AM near Columbia (South Carolina), blackouts ensue:

2016-01-19 - Pole bursts into flame on bridge in coastal St. Petersburg (Russia), looks like the Eye of Sauron:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-20 - Mysterious explosion rattles people in Fayette County (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Imagine you’re sitting on your front porch when out of nowhere a cataclysmic explosion goes off. You see a bright light, you feel the force, and then, it goes away. Then, when emergency responders go to investigate, they can’t find a thing. Well, it happened in Fayette County recently and it’s happening around the United States."

Note: Not just in the United States, and sometimes the explosions leave a sulfur smell behind too...

2016-01-20 - Fireworks plant explodes and burns before 1 AM near Shangrao (China), 3 killed, 53 injured:

2016-01-20 - Underground explosions blow manholes off in New Britain (Connecticut):

2016-01-20 - Underground coal seam fire erupts at abandoned mine near Ranchi (India):

2016-01-20 - Underground carpark hit by fire in Delhi (India), 4 injured:

2016-01-20 - Five cars go up in flames while parked in underground carpark at apartments in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

Quote: "Five units of the Dublin Fire Brigade have battled a blaze at an underground car park in Artane. Approximately five cars parked in an apartment complex located in the Brookwood area of Dublin 5 were engulfed by the fire."

2016-01-20 - Landfill erupts in flame on the island of Tortola (British Virgin Islands), smoke hits nearby islands:

2016-01-20 - Huge pallet fire erupts at pallet business near Hammond (Louisiana):

Quote: "Fire Chief Paul Collura said the pallets were stacked about 20 feet high and an area the size of a basketball court burned."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-21 - Indian Navy interceptor ship bursts into flame at 2 AM, burns and sinks, near coastal Chennai (India):

2016-01-21 - Ferry ship 'Sabuk Nusantara 49' goes up in flames in the Timor Sea near coastal Kupang (Indonesia):

Quote: "Motor boat Sabuk Nusantara 49 serving water transportation in small islands in North Maluku caught fire on Thursday, January 21, 2016, in the Timor Sea, after departing from Tenau Port, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara."

2016-01-21 - Cargo ship 'Flinter America' bursts into flame near the island of Alderney (Britain):

2016-01-21 - Superyacht 'Queen Anna' destroyed by fire while docked in coastal Fethiye (Turkey):

Quote: "A devastating superyacht fire broke out in a Turkish marina at around midday local time today as this video footage shows. The two-minute clip, posted onto YouTube by local dealer Eliad Hagiladi shows a Princess 95 burning as it is towed out of Ece Saray marina in the Turkish port of Fethiye. The yacht is identified as Queen Anna, which was launched by the Plymouth yard in 2009."

Note: These are the 41st, 42nd, 43rd and 44th boats or ships to burn in 2016...

2016-01-21 - Passenger train bursts into flame near coastal Fish Hoek (South Africa), 1 killed:

Quote: "Firefighters were called to the area shortly before 10:00 on Thursday, where they found a train carriage on fire at the Fish Hoek railway station. A body was found in one of three train carriages which had gone up in flames."

2016-01-21 - Train car hauling trucks bursts into flame near Tacna (Arizona):

Quote: "Firefighters from the Tacna and Wellton Fire Departments were called out Wednesday afternoon to the railroad tracks at Avenue 37E and Highway 80 to knock out a fire on a freight car loaded with new trucks."

Note: So just like all the car-hauler truck fires, except this time it was a car-hauler train car that burned...

2016-01-21 - Train bursts into flame in coastal Lagos (Nigeria), Samsung office burns separately:

Note: First time I've seen three separate train fires on the same day...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-22 - Electrical substation erupts in flame at 3 AM in Nashville (Tennessee), blackouts ensue:

2016-01-22 - Electrical substations explode and/or burn in Ekurhuleni (South Africa), blackouts ensue:

2016-01-22 - Chemical factory heavily damaged by massive blaze in Ludhiana (India):

2016-01-22 - Massive wildfires rage in watersheds in coastal Lanao del Sur (Philippine Islands):

Quote: "A massive forest fire of still unknown origin has been raging since Thursday evening in tropical rainforests in the watershed areas of Lanao del Sur. Officials of the province and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) urged the Philippine Air Force Friday to immediately monitor and help put out the fires. ARMM Vice Governor Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman, who hails from Lanao del Sur, said the fire in the densely forested mountains of Butig town was first spotted from villages along Lake Lanao."

Note: Similar to the coastal fires that recently wiped out some towns in Australia. A few more months and the US West Coast will be going up in flames again too, and very probably worse than last year, which was already the worst wildfire season in US history...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-23 - Generator explodes and burns, ignites gum factory, near coastal Belcamp (Maryland), then pallets burn later:

Quote: "According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, an explosion inside the building's mechanical room caused a roof collapse and sparked a fire at the facility's outdoor transformer. Also Sunday, crews were called back to the site on Brass Mill Road after two pallets of sweetener caught fire inside the building."

2016-01-23 - Chemical factory rocked by explosions and fire in Gazipur District (Bangladesh), 5+ killed, 5+ injured:

2016-01-23 - Honda car factory erupts in flame in Swindon (Britain):

2016-01-23 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole off, in Winnall, Winchester (Britain), blackouts ensue:

2016-01-23 - Electrical substation hit by explosion near Cherry Valley (Illinois):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-24 - Oil rig erupts in flame in the Bay of Campeche (Mexico), all 97 workers aboard evacuated:

2016-01-24 - Ship hit by explosion in coastal Richards Bay (South Africa), 2 injured:

Quote: "Paramedics had to fly on board a Port Net helicopter to reach two sailors who sustained severe burns after an explosion on a ship, paramedic services said. Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha on Sunday said paramedics flew out to a vessel about 11.3km out to sea off Richards Bay."

2016-01-24 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received notification of a 42-foot sailing vessel on fire and a sighting of two red flares at approximately 7 p.m..."

2016-01-24 - Boat bursts into flame at 5:55 AM while docked on Lake Pleasant near Peoria (Arizona):

Note: Also see the pickup truck and garage that went up in flames at a home in Peoria on this day...

2016-01-24 - Boat and shed go up in flames in Winona (Minnesota):

Quote: "A large storage shed used to store a boat and other materials in Winona was damaged by fire, heat and smoke on Sunday."

Note: Counting the oil rig as a ship (albeit of a very specific kind), these are the 49th, 50th, 51st, 52nd and 53rd boats or ships to burn in 2016...

2016-01-24 - Eurostar passenger train bursts into flame in Arras (France), people stuck for eight hours:

Quote: "Around 700 passengers on a Eurostar train from London to Paris were stuck in northern France for eight hours after a fire on board, the company said Monday."

Note: Another pile of ships and boats burning and yet another train fire. Train fires have really escalated in the last year...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-25 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes and alarms people in the Ozarks in and around Harrison (Missouri):

2016-01-25 - Sewage plant damaged by underground explosion and fire in coastal Quincy (Massachusetts), 5 injured:

Quote: "Five workers were taken to the hospital following a small explosion and fire Monday afternoon at a Quincy sewage plant. The incident happened shortly before 1 p.m. at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority plant on Sea Street. On average, the plant processes 400 million gallons of raw sewage daily."

Quote: "The fire is located in the bowels of the building, about 100 feet under ground. The facility is a relatively new one and it has the latest waste water treatment equipment."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area. Quincy is where a 'rotten egg' smell rolled in off the ocean in 2013, mentioned in the 2013-05-09 update. Shortly after that, a mysterious plane started buzzing the city at night and nobody would say why, mentioned in the 2013-05-10 update...

2016-01-25 - Sewer system explodes near school, ignites car, in Brno (Czech Republic), 500 people evacuated:

Quote: "Emergency service personnel evacuated 500 people after a sewer in Brno exploded at trída Kapitána Jaroše near a grammar school. Most of those evacuated were from the school."

Note: Similar, though smaller, to the series of massive underground sewer explosions that destroyed streets in Kaohsiung (Taiwan) at midnight, killing 24+ people and injuring over 270 people, mentioned in the 2014-07-31 update...

2016-01-25 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Bushwick area in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2016-01-25 - Fifty boats and some cars destroyed by huge fire at boatyard in coastal Cowes on the Isle of Wight (Britain):

Quote: "Fire in boat yard in Cowes, Isle of Wight, involves estimated 50 fiberglass boats, some cars..."

Quote: "It's probably the greatest single loss of boats ever recorded in one place."

2016-01-25 - Boat bursts into flame at 3:22 AM while docked on coastal Johns Island (South Carolina):

2016-01-25 - Cargo boat bursts into flame near coastal Phuket (Thailand), 1 killed:

Note: These are the 54th through 105th boats or ships to burn in 2016...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-26 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes on the coast in Charleston (South Carolina):

Note: Pic in the story has what looks like a large gas plume showing up on radar. They've circled it and put the word 'Chaff??????' there. Look at the size of that thing, that's way too much surface area to be chaff - about as big as Charleston itself. Maybe a whole fleet of chemical tanker planes could spew out a cloud that large, given time and light winds, but even that seems iffy.

Last year, farther up the coast, on the Outer Banks in North Carolina, there was one of these city-shaking mysterious explosions and shortly afterwards a huge number of dead fish washed ashore, mentioned in the 2015-03-18 update. That was probably a bubble of gas breaching the surface of the ocean and exploding, and either the explosion killed the fish (like dynamite-fishing on a grand scale) or the gas(es) suffocated and/or poisoned the fish on the way to the surface, or some of both. There are 5 trillion pounds of explosively flammable methane dissociating off the East Coast, which is enough methane to cause a quarter of a million 10-kiloton explosions. (And that's just ONE deposit - many are dissociating now, all around the planet.) And if that cloud had blown westward, onto Charleston instead of out to sea, then Charleston might very well be gone now, destroyed by fires and explosions...

2016-01-26 - Power station devastated by fire on atoll in the Maldive Islands, island goes dark indefinitely:

Quote: "Government on Wednesday suspended classes at the Gaafu Dhaal Atoll Thinadhoo school for a week after a major fire indefinitely downed electricity in the island. A fire that started in Thinadhoo powerhouse early Tuesday morning had destroyed all three of its generators, entirely cutting off the island’s electricity and causing damages up to MVR 22 million."

Note: Back to the 1800s for this island!

2016-01-26 - Electrical substation damaged by fire on Warrington Road in Mere (Britain):

2016-01-26 - Transformer bursts into flame near Bear Creek Road in Utica (New York), 5800 homes go dark:

2016-01-26 - Transformer bursts into flame in South Charleston (West Virginia), nearly 2000 homes go dark:

2016-01-26 - Brush fire threatens coastal communities on the island of Tasmania (Australia):

2016-01-26 - Landfill erupts in flame near coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Category: Variety Pack

2016-01-27 - Six people sicken on passenger plane, one loses consciousness, plane returns to coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "A Los Angeles-bound American Airlines flight carrying 188 people was forced to return to London's Heathrow Airport after several flight attendants and crew members fell ill mid-flight, the airline told ABC. One flight attendant 'literally just fainted... just fell forward, put her hand out and hit the floor,' passenger Kris Evans told ABC News."

2016-01-27 - Underground electrical explosions and fires blow manholes off at 1 AM in Rochester (New York):

2016-01-27 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole off in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2016-01-27 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Blachley Road in coastal Stamford (Connecticut):

2016-01-27 - Underground explosions and fire hit rail facilities on London Road in Sandbach (Britain):

Quote: "Initial reports stated three explosions had been heard and there were also reports of a fire. Firefighters waited for Network Rail staff to arrive as the explosions were due to the underground system of the rail network."

2016-01-27 - Volcano Misti spewing volcanic gases near Arequipa (Peru):

2016-01-27 - Continuous tremor under Puget Sound (Washington) continues rattling since M4.3 earthquake on Dec 30, 2015:

2016-01-27 - Locusts devouring crops in Argentina, worst outbreak in over 60 years:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-28 - High-rise 'Diamond 4 Tower' erupts in flame in coastal Dubai (UAE):

2016-01-28 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in West New York (New Jersey):

2016-01-28 - Mysterious underground fire spits smoke from crack in the earth in Columbe (Ecuador):

Quote: "The strange phenomenon has most probably a volcanic origin as the burning crack and the gas emanations are located approximately 45 km from the Chimborazo volcano."

2016-01-28 - Landfill hit by fire, pulverized cars burn, in Sugar Creek (Missouri):

Quote: "Sugar Creek Fire Chief Pat Casey says pieces of pulverized vehicles burned for several hours. The cause of the fire appears to be spontaneous combustion."

2016-01-28 - Landfill erupts in flame in coastal Mumbai (India):

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."

2016-01-28 - Parked cars go up in flames, 17 destroyed, 23 damaged, in coastal Barcelona (Spain):

Quote: "The fire broke out early on Tuesday amid a row of cars parked tightly together in central Barcelona, close to the famous Park Guell designed by Antoni Gaudi. No one was injured, but at least 17 cars were written off, while the remaining cars were all severely damaged."

Category: Unusual Vehicular Accidents

2016-01-29 - Four people sicken on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in Brasilia (Brazil):

Note: Six other people were just sickened on a passenger plane too, and one of them fell unconscious, and the plane then made an emergency landing in coastal London (Britain), mentioned in the 2016-01-27 update. Another two people recently sickened on a passenger plane, which made an emergency landing in Calgary (Canada), mentioned in the 2016-01-08 update. Twelve people sickened last year on a passenger plane after departing coastal Nadi in the Fiji Islands, mentioned in the 2015-06-15 update. In late 2014 an unknown odor sickened 16 people on a passenger plane, vomiting and eye irritation, which made an emergency landing in Rome (Italy), mentioned in the 2014-12-06 update. I could go on for quite a while here with similar incidents, including a passenger plane pilot who slumped over dead at the controls, some small plane pilots that have slumped over unconscious or dead, a passenger plane copilot who collapsed unconscious, Harrison Ford crashing one of his planes and not remembering the crash, and much more. The atmosphere is being contaminated by methane and hydrogen sulfide, and all the fires around the planet are very likely creating pockets of carbon monoxide too, so one would expect aircraft (among other things) to experience problems, and they are...

2016-01-29 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Toronto (Canada), oxygen masks drop, pressurization problem:

2016-01-29 - Small plane crashes into the sea near coastal Barwon Heads (Australia), 3 killed, 1 missing:

2016-01-29 - Pickup truck veers over centerline, hits tanker truck head-on, huge fire erupts, near Zavalla (Texas), 2 killed:

2016-01-29 - Pickup truck's brakes fail on river bridge, truck crashes, bursts into flame, in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-30 - Stockyard and several other businesses destroyed by massive blaze in Lexington (Kentucky):

Quote: "Calling it the worst fire in the city in more than 30 years, Lexington firefighters said it took 120 firemen to bring the three-alarm blaze under control."

Quote: "Officials say as many as 6 other businesses are a total loss, due to the fire."

Quote: "Hoskins said several businesses were destroyed over one city block, including several vehicles parked at a towing company that exploded during the worst of the blaze."

2016-01-30 - Electrical substation erupts in flame in Lexington (Kentucky), 7500 homes go dark:

Quote: "Feltham said the Shillito Park outage was unrelated to a massive fire burning Saturday at Blue Grass Stockyards near downtown Lexington."

Note: Wouldn't be so sure the substation fire and the gigantic stockyard fire were unrelated - they're just assuming that's the case because they're not the brightest bulbs in the pack. Same area, same timeframe, same atmosphere...

2016-01-30 - Electrical vault bursts into flame just before 5 AM in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

2016-01-30 - Wildfire rages in Callahan County (Texas), hundreds of acres burned, at least 5 homes destroyed:

Note: Fire season getting an early start, again? Or did fire season ever really end?

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-01-31 - Mysterious explosion alarms people in Hooksett (New Hampshire), near the Merrimack River:

Quote: "Police and fire crews have no theory what may have caused a big 'bang' reported in Hooksett Sunday night. Emergency dispatchers in Hooksett confirmed they received about a dozen calls around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, reporting what sounded like a large explosion in southern Hooksett near the Londonderry Turnpike. Police and fire crews patrolled the area, but were unable to determine a cause for the noise."

2016-01-31 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes shortly before midnight in Monticello (New York):

Quote: "BOOM. Portions of Sullivan County were rocked by noise that to some have compared to a sonic boom. It occurred shortly before midnight on Saturday. Numerous residents grabbed their phones to report the disturbance directly to police agencies as well as 911."

2016-01-31 - Underground electrical fire erupts in Newport, Jersey City (New Jersey), near the Hudson River, blackouts ensue:

2016-01-31 - Transformer explodes and burns just after midnight at substation in Market Bosworth (Britain):

2016-01-31 - Landfill burns for third day in Deonar area in coastal Mumbai (India):

Quote: "Twenty-one fire officers and 132 fire fighters are engaged the in fire-fighting operations. Yet, every household in the area is filled with thick blanket of smoke and people are complaining of severe breathing problems. The 74 schools in the area are already shut."

2016-01-31 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Workington (Britain):

Note: Also see the 50 tractor trailers that went up in flames in coastal Beijing (China) on this day, and the person who burned to death when a big rig burst into flame near Sarnia (Canada)...

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