Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 - JUN - Spotlight Stories

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-01 - Two mysterious explosions 15 minutes apart shatter windows, shake the ground, alarm people, in Iasi (Romania):

2016-06-01 - Skyscraper under construction heavily damaged by fire in Shenyang (China):

2016-06-01 - Underground explosion hits subway construction site near Seoul (South Korea), 4 killed, 10 injured:

2016-06-01 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at 2 AM in the Port Richmond area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2016-06-01 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at restaurant on River Street in Manistee (Michigan):

2016-06-01 - Electrical substation damaged by transformer explosion and fire in Avondale (Arizona):

Quote: "A transformer at a Salt River Project substation in Avondale exploded into a fireball Wednesday morning."

2016-06-01 - Metal recycling business hit by fire, pile of metal explodes and burns, in Madison (Wisconsin):

Quote: "A manager of All Metals Recycling told News 3 there is a large fire in the steel-mixed metal pile that started with some kind of explosion. He said they don't know what the source of the explosion was, but no one was hurt."

Quote: "Davis said the fire engulfed a pile of mostly automobiles that was about 30 feet tall and 30 to 40 feet wide."

2016-06-01 - Landfill hit by fire at 12:30 AM in Niagara (New York), near the Niagara River:

2016-06-01 - Landfill erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Kalyan, Thane (India):

2016-06-01 - Recycling center hit by fire at 2:45 AM near the Snohomish River in coastal Everett (Washington):

2016-06-01 - Recycling center hit by fire at 5 AM in White Marsh (Maryland):

2016-06-01 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Hamilton (New Zealand):

Note: Dayum, June gets off to a fiery start!

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-02 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes and alarms people in Palmerston North (New Zealand), near the coast:

2016-06-02 - Reignited holdover 'zombie' wildfires have awakened in Alaska:

Quote: "A wildfire in southwest Alaska that swept more than 8,000 acres in the Medfra area over the course of this week is a continuation of a 2015 fire that never went out, despite having ceased to visibly burn."

2016-06-02 - Chemical plant explodes, releases toxic gas, in coastal Tekirdag (Turkey), 65 injured:

2016-06-02 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, 30 cars burn, in Sumter (South Carolina):

2016-06-02 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 5:29 AM, building full of auto parts destroyed, near Cochranton (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "According to a representative from Crawford County 911, the call came in at 5:39 a.m. for a fire at Patterson Auto Wrecking located on State Route 322 in Cochranton, Pa. Sources say the fire destroyed a building that was used to house auto parts. Over $700,000 damage is estimated."

2016-06-02 - Auto auction lot hit by fire, bus and other vehicles burn, in Fairfield (New Jersey), third fire in a year:

Quote: "According to the Fairfield Fire Department, crews responded to Skyline Auto Auction at 100 Route 46 East on June 2, where they extinguished multiple vehicles, including a small bus."

Note: This is the 413th bus to burn in 2016...

2016-06-02 - Two semi trailers and hundreds of pallets destroyed by huge fire at business in Otter Creek Township (Indiana):

2016-06-02 - Pile of scrap pallets goes up in flames at business in Ashtabula Township (Ohio), near Lake Erie:

2016-06-02 - A hundred pallets and lots of plastic stuff destroyed by fire at 11:30 PM at business in Tipton (Britain):

Quote: "The inferno swept through around 100 pallets - each holding £250 worth of plastic plant pots and covering 150 meters by 50 meters of a yard - and gutted a metal container in which an estimated £15,000 more stock was stored."

2016-06-02 - Small plane bursts into flame shortly after takeoff before 5 AM, crashes and burns, in Nakhon Phanom (Thailand), 3 killed:;-cause-still-u-30287267.html

Quote: "The DA42 training aircraft, operated by the International Aviation College Nakhon Phanom, had taken off from Nakhon Phanom airport about 4.59am. About 30 seconds later the pilot reported an engine was on fire and requested permission from the control tower to make an emergency landing. The control tower turned on the runway navigation lights to assist the pilot, but then lost all contact with the aircraft.  The plane crash landed in a rice field near Ban Khok Kong village in Muang district, about two kilometres from the airport, killing all three people on board."

Note: This is the 57th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-03 - Underground fire breaks out in mine near Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), 100+ miners rescued:

2016-06-03 - Underground electrical fire blacks out part of coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

Note: Also see the car that burst into flame at Big Lots in Norwalk on this day...

2016-06-03 - Electrical substation hit by transformer fire in Gurgaon (India):

2016-06-03 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Oceanshore Boulevard in coastal Flagler Beach (Florida):

Quote: "It wasn't clear exactly how the fire started, Pace said, but it began outside and then spread to all three floors in the rear of the building. 'There's speculation that it was electrical, underground, and set the brush on fire,' he said."

Note: An underground electrical fire?! No way!

2016-06-03 - Chemical factory and four other factories destroyed by huge blaze in Palghar (India), near the coast:

2016-06-03 - Furniture warehouse destroyed by massive inferno in coastal Bootle (Britain):

2016-06-03 - Landfill still burning after a month in Bhalswa (India):

2016-06-03 - Egypt's oldest and most prestigious film studio destroyed by fire in Cairo (Egypt), near the Nile River:

Quote: "A massive fire erupted at the headquarters of Misr Company for Sound, Light and Cinema Thursday evening, the latest in a series of blazes hit several parts in Cairo during the past few months, Youm7 reported. The fire has destroyed Al-Nahas Studio, also known as Al-Nil Studio; one of the country’s most prestigious studios that was founded in 1946, security source told Youm7."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-04 - Spike in Alaska wildfires is worsening climate change, US says:

Quote: "Report from US Geological Survey says northern wildfires must now be seen as significant driver of climate change, not just a side-effect..."

Note: It's not just Alaska either. Monstrous fires are breaking out all over the planet now. That's going to get a whole lot worse. By the time it gets better, we'll be long gone...

2016-06-04 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, on East Marine View Drive in coastal Everett (Washington):

Quote: "A massive, 3-alarm fire gutted a recycling facility along Everett's waterfront, bringing in firefighters from around the region and sending a billowing black smoke column that could be seen for miles. The fire broke out Saturday evening inside the building at 101 West Marine View Drive. The facility is filled with wood pallets, mulch, plastic and other recyclable materials..."

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

2016-06-04 - Recycling center hit by fire at 12:28 AM, 15 tons of rubbish burns, in Leyton (Britain):

2016-06-04 - Landfill erupts in flame in Roseburg (Oregon):

2016-06-04 - SUV bursts into flame while parked in garage, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Bethel Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Fire crews were called to the scene of a vehicle fire inside of a garage on the 1600 block of Hance Street around 10 a.m. According to officials, the flames spread to the attached home. The blaze was later brought under control but not before the home was destroyed."

2016-06-04 - Car bursts into flame on State Route 82 near Yakima (Washington), woman burned:

Quote: "A woman is fighting for her life after her car caught fire along a state highway Saturday. The vehicle burst into flames along SR 82 at milepost 14. The car became fully engulfed in flames and the woman driving it sustained severe burns, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore."

2016-06-04 - Scooter bursts into flame in apartment, fire spreads to building, in Shadyside area in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Channel 11 is being told by residents that the fire was caused by an electric scooter that burst into flames."

Category: Aircraft Incidents

2016-06-05 - Small plane bursts into flame at 6:45 AM at airport in Big Fork (Montana):

Quote: "An explosion rattled the area around the Ferndale Airfield Airport early Sunday morning, after a plane caught fire between a row of hangars west of the airstrip. Ferndale Fire Department Chief Ken Sharr said the owner was in the plane when it caught fire, but was able to escape uninjured. The volunteer fire department was dispatched to the fire at 6:45 a.m. and Sharr said his crew quickly extinguished the fire, which did not affect any other structures or property."

Note: This is the 58th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-06-05 - Passenger plane hit by severe turbulence over the Bay of Bengal en route to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), some injuries:

2016-06-05 - Military plane makes emergency landing at airport in Topeka (Kansas):

2016-06-05 - Military training plane crashes in Isfahan Province (Iran), 2 injured:

2016-06-05 - Small plane crash-lands in field in Snohomish (Washington), engine failure:

2016-06-05 - Small plane crashes at airport in Fairfield (New Jersey), engine failure:;-no-injuries/1372428/

2016-06-05 - Small plane crash-lands at Ravalli County Airport in Hamilton (Montana), 1 injured:

2016-06-05 - Small plane makes emergency landing on road in Temple Terrace (Florida), near the coast:

2016-06-05 - Small plane makes emergency landing in Aroostook County near Houlton (Maine), engine failure:

2016-06-05 - Small plane crashes into ditch near airport in Salisbury (North Carolina), engine failure:

2016-06-05 - Float plane crashes near Williston Lake (Canada), engine failure, 1 killed:

2016-06-05 - Small plane takes off then crashes into car at Brimpton Airfield (Britain), 1 injured:

2016-06-05 - Small plane crashes shortly after takeoff from Crosland Moor Airfield (Britain), engine failure:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-06 - Siberia's mystery 'end of the world' crater formed after massive methane explosion heard 100km away:

Quote: "Most experts now believe that the craters were formed by explosions of methane gas unlocked by warming temperatures in the far north of Russia.Most experts now believe that the craters were formed by explosions of methane gas unlocked by warming temperatures in the far north of Russia."

2016-06-06 - Fire spews from borehole in Bhopal (India):

Quote: "This is third such incident in which flames emanated during boring of a new tube well in the Mandi Bamora area. Earlier on January 30 this year, flames had come out while a tubewell was being bored near Mandi Bamora railway station. And a few years ago the same thing had happened near a government hospital."

Note: Might be a good thing. If they'd waited, the ground might have exploded, with an explosion heard 100km away...

2106-06-06 - Underground electrical fire hits Waterford area in Modesto (California):

2016-06-06 - Underground electrical explosion blows pavement apart in Accrington (Britain):

2016-06-06 - Recycling plant hit by fire on Ditton Road in coastal Widnes (Britain):

2016-06-06 - Warehouse full of food trucks damaged by fire in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Food truck customers may have to find a lunch alternative Tuesday after a fire in a Philadelphia warehouse left some trucks unable to operate. The blaze broke out at the US Mobile Commissary building at Jefferson and N 31st streets in Philadelphia Monday night. The building houses more than 20 trucks that use the building to store and prep food."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-07 - Church destroyed by massive explosion and fire in coastal Durban (South Africa):

2016-06-07 - Pallet business goes up in flames, 20,000 pallets burn, in Florence (Kentucky):

Quote: "Firefighters were initially called to A-One Pallet Company Industrial Road at 6 p.m. on June 7. they found several stacks of wooden pallets on fire in a bulk storage area behind the building. The flames quickly spread to as many as 20,000 pallets and the building, according to Florence firefighters."

2016-06-07 - Underground electrical fire blows manhole cover off in Columbus (Ohio):

2016-06-07 - Underground electrical fire(s) hit coastal Dorchester (Massachusetts), blackouts ensue:

2016-06-07 - Transformer bursts into flame in basement at construction site in coastal Manhattan (New York), 4 injured:

2016-06-07 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire in Richmond (Australia), near the coast:

2016-06-07 - California wildfire season could be worst ever:

Quote: "Five years of drought have dried up California's forests and the first six months of this year has seen twice as many acres burned as the same time in 2015, the Los Angeles Times reported."

Note: And 2015 was the worst wildfire season in US history...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-08 - RV bursts into flame at 4:47 AM while parked at home on Cherry Creek Road in Monroe (Oregon):

Note: This is the 224th RV to burn in 2016...

2016-06-08 - Three cars go up in flames while parked at Lowe's in coastal Bluffton (South Carolina):

Quote: "A car caught fire in the parking lot at Lowe's in Bluffton spread to two other cars that were parked next to it."

2016-06-08 - Van explodes and burns and kills man at fish center in coastal Bagan Sungai Besar (Malaysia):

2016-06-08 - Person, around 45, found burned to death in burning SUV at 2:45 AM in coastal Lautoka (Fiji Islands):

2016-06-08 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Roosevelt Square in Green Bay (Wisconsin), nearby crash too:

Quote: "The accident happened just before noon Wednesday at the corner of Roosevelt and Mason. Not long after, a vehicle caught fire in the parking lot of Roosevelt Square near the same location."

2016-06-08 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads to garage, in coastal New Port Richey (Florida):

Quote: "The smell of smoke led Glenn Nunamacher into the garage. He found three foot flames coming from his Hyundai Elantra. They were shooting out from under the hood. Nunamacher fought the fire with a garden hose until firefighters arrived. The garage suffered heavy damage and the car was a total loss."

2016-06-08 - Car bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked on Bacon Lane in Moranbah (Australia):

Note: More like Bakin' Lane!

Category: Aircraft Incidents

2016-06-09 - Passenger plane diverts to airport in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2016-06-09 - Two Swiss Air Force fighter jets collide mid-air, one pilot ejects, other lands okay, near Bitgum (Netherlands):

Quote: "The pilot of one plane ejected to safety while the other aircraft landed safely at a nearby airfield, the ministry said in a statement. Spokeswoman Karin Suini said at least one of the planes was a Northrop F-5 Tiger. The Friesland regional fire department in the northern Netherlands said one of the jets crashed into a lake near the town of Bitgum. There were no reports of injuries on the ground."

2016-06-09 - Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet crashes just outside Moscow (Russia), 1 killed:

Note: If the pic in the second link is of the plane that crashed then it was on fire before it crashed...

2016-06-09 - Small plane crashes into parked car in parking lot in Houston (Texas), engine failure, 3 killed:

2016-06-09 - Small plane crashes into May Lake near Wishek (North Dakota), 3 killed:

2016-06-09 - Small plane crashes during takeoff at airport near Gympie (Australia):

Note: There sure are a lot of planes crashing regularly now...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-10 - Water-pumping plant damaged by explosion near Lebec (California):

2016-06-10 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Omaha (Nebraska), blackouts ensue:

Quote: "More than 1,000 customers remained without power Friday night. OPPD says an underground vault fire reported at 5:44 p.m. west of 24th and Harney is to blame."

2016-06-10 - Transformer bursts into flame at theme park, people stuck on rides for hours, in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2016-06-10 - Transformer bursts into flame near Roscoe (Illinois), blackouts ensue:

2016-06-10 - Electrical substation explodes and burns in Meyerton (South Africa):

2016-06-10 - Utility pole bursts into flame in Market Lavington (Britain):

2016-06-10 - Steel business destroyed by fire in Ithaca (Michigan), nobody there:

2016-06-10 - Scrap metal machinery goes up in flames at business on Slough Lane in Ardleigh, Colchester (Britain):

2016-06-10 - Trash transfer station erupts in flame in Montgomery County (Maryland):

Category: Aircraft Incidents

2016-06-11 - Small plane crashes near airport in Collegedale (Tennessee), 2 killed, 2 injured:

2016-06-11 - Small plane crashes near airport in Williamsburg (Virginia), 2 injured:

2016-06-11 - Small plane crashes near Keystone Lake (Oklahoma), 1 injured:

2016-06-11 - Small plane crash-lands in Brooklyn (Illinois), near the Mississippi River:

Quote: "Two people were aboard the small plane and got out uninjured, according to the Illinois State Police. ISP received the call at noon. State Police, at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration, closed Illinois 3 near the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge."

2016-06-11 - Small plane makes emergency landing on Illinois 146 near Jonesboro (Illinois), engine failure:

Note: It's raining planes! Atmospheric problem, more planes crashing, not very complicated. It's still mostly small planes crashing, for now anyway, but big passeneger planes aren't invulnerable and plenty of them have been crashing and/or burning and/or disappearing in recent times too...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-12 - Dozens of scrap cars go up in flames at business in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "As many as 80 to 100 junk vehicles were on fire around 3 p.m. at Eastside Auto Recycling in the 4700 block of Erdman Avenue, city fire officials said."

2016-06-12 - Auto scrap yard hit by fire, van and car burn, on Benskins Lane in Romford (Britain):

2016-06-12 - Twelve cars go up in flames while parked in parking lot at Walmart in Lower Salford Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A row of cars suddenly went up in flames in the parking lot of the Harleysville Walmart in Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County. The fire broke out just before 4 p.m. Sunday. Emergency communication officials say several cars went up in flames. In total, 12 cars were damaged."

Note: Jeez, that looks bad!

2016-06-12 - Fire trucks and fire station hit by fire, one or two trucks destroyed, in Poland (New York), nobody there:

2016-06-12 - Underground electrical fire breaks out along Armitage Avenue in Chicago (Illinois):

2016-06-12 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at the Reston Town Center in Reston (Virginia):

Quote: "Fairfax County Fire and Rescue crews rushed to Midtown Condominiums at Reston Town Center Sunday after an underground transformer sparked."

2016-06-12 - Commercial vehicle explodes and burns and kills man in Hartland (Canada), near the St. John River:

Quote: "Investigators say the man was in a service vehicle when an explosion occurred, engulfing it in flames. WorkSafeNB says it has hired a forensic expert in fire and explosion, as well as a surveyor to help with the investigation. It says that could take up to a year to complete."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-13 - 'Zombie fires', fires from last year, erupting in Alaska:

Quote: "Hidden underground all winter, an unusual number of holdover fires that smouldered for months in Alaska’s deep duff already have reignited this fire season, state forestry officials said Wednesday."

Quote: "Already 16 holdovers have been spotted, most of them on the Kenai Peninsula or Kodiak Island. Holdover fires are ones that firefighters thought were out, but come back to life as conditions dry out and temperatures rise."

2016-06-13 - Critical wildfire season expected for Southern California:

2016-06-13 - Metal recycling business erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Topsham (Maine), near the coast:

Quote: "Grimmel Industries, off Route 196 near the Androscoggin River, describes itself as 'buyers of scrap metal.' It also operates a facility in Lewiston. Both locations collect and recycle scrap metal."

2016-06-13 - Auto scrapyard hit by fire, 15 scrap cars burn, near Paso Robles (California):

Quote: "A fire erupted in a salvage yard near Paso Robles Monday evening. Crews from CAL FIRE and Paso Robles Fire Department were dispatched to a salvage yard near Highway 101 north of Paso Robles around 5:30 PM.  Upon arrival, they found 10 to 15 cars engulfed in flames."

2016-06-13 - Auto scrapyard hit by fire, two scrap cars burn, in Paisley (Scotland), near canal and the coast:

Note: Right next to a canal or stream. Here's a Google Maps link of the area. From the full hypothesis: "Metal-related businesses will be hit hard, including salvage yards and metal recycling centers."

2016-06-13 - Chemical plant damaged by fire in Elizabethtown (North Carolina):

2016-06-13 - Chemical factory goes up in flames in Gharbia (Egypt):

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."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-14 - Metal recycling business and plastic business destroyed by massive fire at 2:30 AM in Maywood area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said arriving crews found flames shooting through the roofs of two structures, one of which was a metal-recycling plant."

2016-06-14 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, truck explodes and burns, near Havelock (North Carolina):

2016-06-14 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):'huge'-fire-at-auckland-car-wrecking-yard

2016-06-14 - Electrical substation damaged by fire at 3:29 AM on Charter Way in Macclesfield (Britain):

2016-06-14 - Railroad bridge over the Connecticut River damaged by fire at 6:30 AM in coastal Old Saybrook (Connecticut):

Note: A boat just burst into flame at the mouth of the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook too, mentioned in the 2016-06-12 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-15 - Passenger plane bursts into flame shortly after takeoff, makes emergency landing, in Bengaluru (India):

Quote: "Jet Airways airlines, on Wednesday, said its passenger plane, Flight 9W 2839, with 69 people on board, made an emergency landing after it caught fire soon after taking off from Bengaluru airport in southern India."

Quote: "The emergency landing followed the spreading of smoke in the plane after fire erupted in one of the engines."

Note: This is the 59th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-06-15 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

2016-06-15 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, at least one car burns, in Kansas City (Missouri):

2016-06-15 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, many scrap cars burn, in Rocklea (Australia), near the coast:

2016-06-15 - Metal business heavily damaged by fire in coastal Singapore:

Quote: "About 150 workers from three companies were also evacuated. The burnt factory, which operates at 6 Joo Koon Circle, deals with metal parts."

2016-06-15 - Underground electrical fire breaks out near the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "Power is out to a quarter of the downtown St. Louis area after an underground electrical fire at 7th and Market late Wednesday night. Ameren Missouri is tweeting the estimated time it will be restored is Thursday afternoon."

Note: A quarter of downtown in the dark! I didn't go anywhere near there so I can't say what traffic must have been like, but I'm guessing that had to be fairly nightmarish. Also see the man, custodian, who dropped dead in the wee hours in the basement at a school in St. Louis on this day...

2016-06-15 - Underground explosion blows pavement apart on Lullington Road in Overseal (Britain):

2016-06-15 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), blackouts ensue:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-16 - Small plane smokes then crashes near airport in University Park (Pennsylvania), 2 killed:

Quote: "A Penn State spokeswoman told Pittsburgh's Action News 4 that control tower crews saw smoke coming from the plane before it went down in a wooded area. The tower crew tried to reach the pilot, but could not get a response."

Note: This is the 60th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-06-16 - Auto scrapyard hit by fire, two scrap buses destroyed, in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2016-06-16 - Auto scrapyard hit by fire, four cars and car crusher burn, in Norfolk (Nebraska):

2016-06-16 - Electrical substation damaged by fire near the San Joaquin River near Fresno (California), 68,000 homes go dark:

Quote: "According to the utility company, the outage was caused by a fire at the Gregg Substation near Highway 99 and the San Joaquin River."

2016-06-16 - Wildfire destroys two dozen homes in Chilili (New Mexico), evacuations ensue, state of emergency declared:

2016-06-16 - Wildfire rages in canyons near coastal Santa Barbara (California):

Quote: "A fleet of aircraft dropped water and retardant to combat a wind-driven wildfire burning out of control Thursday in rugged coastal canyons west of Santa Barbara, where hundreds of campers, some rural homes and an oil processing facility evacuated as the flames crept toward the ocean."

2016-06-16 - Wildfire grows to 8000 acres near Show Low (Arizona):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-17 - Wildfires continue raging in California, Arizona and New Mexico:

Quote: "Hot, dry weather is fanning the flames of western wildfires, with the blazes spreading quickly through six states from Oregon to New Mexico. As of Friday morning, 14 major fires were reported in the West, according to the National Interagency Fire Center."

2016-06-17 - Wildfire more than doubles in size, firenado spotted, near coastal Santa Barbara (California):;-20-percent-contained-/1389807/

Quote: "More than 1,200 firefighters worked to hold back a wildfire Friday advancing toward the coast of Santa Barbara, California, ahead of a heat wave and strong winds that could fan its flames over the weekend. The so-called Sherpa Fire more than doubled in size overnight to around 4,000 acres, forcing mandatory evacuations and threatening about 140 homes and ranches, officials said at a news conference."

2016-06-17 - Metal recycling business hit by fire, huge pile of scrap metal burns, in Plainfield (New Jersey):

Quote: "The fire was contained to an area 50-by-50 feet and 30 feet high in a pile of metals and oil-soaked car parts, said Carl Riley, the city's director of Public Affairs and Safety."

Note: Also see the tractor trailer full of scrap metal that went up in flames at a port in coastal Elizabeth (New Jersey) on this day...

2016-06-17 - Auto scrapyard erupts in flame, fire gets huge, 150+ cars burn, in coastal Poole (Britain):

2016-06-17 - Tire factory destroyed by massive fire at 1:30 AM in coastal Chon Buri (Thailand):

2016-06-17 - Woman, 63, killed when RV trailer ignites just after 1 AM in coastal Price (Australia):

Quote: "The 63-year-old's body was found after the blaze gutted the caravan at Price early on Friday morning, police say. Country Fire Service investigators searched the caravan but were unable to determine the cause of the blaze."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-18 - Tug ship 'Ursa Major' bursts into flame near coastal Gioia Tauro (Italy):

Quote: "Fire engulfed superstructure of a pusher tug URSA MAJOR, which was pushing barge loaded with general cargo, on the night June 18, off Gioia Tauro, Italy. 13 crew went to barge. Italian Coast Guard rescue boat rescued the crew. Tug was boarded by firefighters team, fire was extinguished."

2016-06-18 - Four fishing boats destroyed by fire while docked in harbor on the island of Sri Lanka:

Quote: "A fishing boat anchored in Cod Bay fishery Harbour has caught fire last night. Police said three other boats were destroyed in the fire that erupted at 10.30 pm. The fire was doused by the Sri Lanka Navy, police and residents in the area."

2016-06-18 - Shrimp boat bursts into flame in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana:

2016-06-18 - Fishing boat bursts into flame near coastal Martha's Vineyard (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Seven people were rescued from a fishing boat off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard Saturday afternoon after it caught on fire at the entrance of Menemsha Harbor."

2016-06-18 - Boat bursts into flame at 7 AM at boat launch in coastal Coronado (California):

2016-06-18 - Boat bursts into flame on the Intracoastal Waterway in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

2016-06-18 - Boat bursts into flame at Lake Of The Ozarks (Missouri):

2016-06-18 - Boat bursts into flame on the St. John River in Nackawic (Canada):

Quote: "A pontoon boat burst into flames in Nackawic, N.B. Saturday, leaving a New Brunswick family shaken-up."

Note: These are the 916th, 917th, 918th, 919th, 920th, 921st, 922nd, 923rd, 924th, 925th and 926th boats or ships to burn in 2016...

Category: Aircraft Incidents

2016-06-19 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane diverts to Portland (Oregon):

Quote: "A United Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, was diverted to Portland on Sunday morning after passengers smelled smoke coming from the plane's rear galley, a Port of Portland spokesman said."

Note: This is the 61st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-06-19 - Passenger plane hit by 'strange smell', plane returns to airport in coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "A Jetstar flight has been turned back to Sydney Airport and was met by emergency services after a 'strange smell' was detected on board."

Quote: "Airservices, which operates aviation firefighting at Sydney Airport, said the pilot 'reported a strange smell or odour on board' and turned back as a precaution."

2016-06-19 - Passenger plane en route to Phoenix returns to Houston (Texas) because of heatwave:

Quote: "It is illegal for planes to land or take off once the temperature hits 120 degrees because of the effects the heat have on airplane equipment."

2016-06-19 - Syrian fighter jet crashes at takeoff in Hama Province (Syria), 3 killed:

Quote: "A Syrian Air Force's fighter jet crashed Sunday after the take-off from an airport in the western province of Hama leaving its pilot dead and killing two people on a runway..."

2016-06-19 - Small plane crashes on train tracks in coastal Hayward (California), 1 killed:

2016-06-19 - Small plane crashes into woods in Cole County (Missouri), 2 injured:

2016-06-19 - Small plane crashes and burns while landing at airport on coastal Block Island (Rhode Island), 6 lightly injured:

2016-06-19 - Small plane lands, nose gear collapses, at airport in Dallas (Texas):

2016-06-19 - Small plane crash-lands on warehouse roof in Houston (Texas), near the coast, engine failure:

2016-06-19 - Small plane crashes and burns shortly after takeoff on the island of Bimini (Bahamas), 2 killed:

Note: Planes smoking, strange smells, planes crashing, not looking good for the aviation industry...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-20 - Man in his 20s ignites and burns to death at the Glastonbury Festival site near Pilton (Britain):

Quote: "A man has died after catching on fire at the Glastonbury festival site. A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said the man sustained his injuries at around 5.20pm on Monday but did not give any information on the circumstances."

Quote: "Our enquiries are continuing but we are treating the death as unexplained and do not believe it to be suspicious."

Note: Hopefully people won't mind burning to death unsuspiciously!

2016-06-20 - Man found burned to death in burning car near Lake Victor in Burnet County (Texas):

Quote: "The location of the call was near Lake Victor and north-northeast of Burnet. Sheriff’s deputies, fire department personnel and EMS responded and found the vehicle engulfed in flames."

2016-06-20 - Woman in her 50s injured when clothes and hair ignite, on Bromley Street in Blackburn (Britain):

Quote: "The woman in her late 50s wandered into the Blackburn’s Bromley Street shortly after 6.15pm last night with her clothes ignited. Witnesses said the woman knocked on the door of a neighbour’s home after her hair caught fire and smoke was coming from her clothes."

2016-06-20 - Underground explosions blow five manhole covers off, cars damaged, in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2016-06-20 - Underground electrical fire at 1:20 AM hits Birkby (Britain), blackouts ensue:

Quote: "Eighty homes were left without power after a cable fire. Electricity was cut to properties on and around Spinkfield Road in Birkby for almost eight hours after underground link cable box caught alight at 1.20am today."

2016-06-20 - Underground pipe bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, near the Port of Wilma (Washington):

Quote: "The cause is under investigation, but fire officials said this area has an on-going problem with fires and they believe this one may have started due to an underground pipe combusting."

2016-06-20 - Transformer explodes and burns, ignites brush fire, in Canyon Lakes area in Kennewick (Washington):

2016-06-20 - Skydiving plane explodes and disintegrates mid-air in Alentejo (Portugal), 1 killed:

Quote: "GNR police and air accident investigators are looking at the possibility that there had been an explosion on board as the debris was scattered over such a large area and the damage so catastrophic in the air that everyone had to evacuate. This theory later was backed up by one of the passengers, a fireman, who said there has been a loud bang just before the aircraft started to break up in mid-flight."

2016-06-20 - Small plane explodes and burns in hangar at airport in coastal Demerara-Mahaica (Guyana), 1 injured:

Note: These are the 62nd and 63rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-21 - Passenger plane hit by boom, fire and smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal New York City (New York):

Quote: "The first boom came about 30 minutes into the flight. Moments later, another shook the plane as it flew Sunday night from Boston to Miami with 180 passengers aboard. That’s when passengers reported seeing fire shooting out of the engine on the left wing, and the cabin filled with smoke. 'We were just waiting for the worst,' said E. Mauricio Castellanos, a professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry who was traveling with his wife and their 5-year-old son. 'I said goodbye to my wife, and was holding my son. We really thought we were going to die.'"

Note: This is the 64th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-06-21 - In separate incidents, two people found burned to death in burning vehicles, at 1:15 AM and at 3:30 AM, in Lafayette Parish (Louisiana):

Quote: "At approximately 1:15 am detectives with the Lafayette Sheriff Office were notified of an incident where the Carencro Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire in the 100 block of Disette Road. After extinguishing the vehicle fire, an unidentified body was found in the vehicle."

Quote: "At approximately 3:30 am another vehicle fire was reported to the City of Scott Fire Department. This incident occurred in the 400 Block of Old Spanish Trail Scott, Louisiana. In this vehicle another unidentified body was also located."

2016-06-21 - Man, 48, found burned to death next to burning car at 12:20 AM near the Ramapo River in Sloatsburg (New York):

2016-06-21 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits shopping mall in coastal Arlington (Virginia):

Quote: "Over 200 people are without power after a transformer exploded in a popular shopping center in the Clarendon section of Arlington County Tuesday morning. Arlington County fire officials say an underground transformer exploded in the 2800 block of Clarendon Boulevard."

2016-06-21 - Scrapyard erupts in flame in Houston (Texas), near the coast:

2016-06-21 - Pedestrian bridge over the Rivière Blanche destroyed by fire at 2:45 AM in Gatineau (Canada):

Quote: "The bridge crosses Gatineau's Rivière Blanche and is one of three in the area, all maintained by the Rivière Blanche improvement association."

2016-06-21 - Around 600 homes destroyed by massive fire in coastal Zamboanga City (Philippine Islands):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-22 - Railroad bridge destroyed by fire near Haswell (Colorado):

2016-06-22 - Electrical substation damaged by fire near Murray Lake in Maumelle (Arkansas), 5300 homes go dark:

2016-06-22 - Transformer bursts into flame in Lower Milford Township (Pennsylvania), blackouts hit Allentown:

Quote: "Meanwhile, a transformer fire was reported at 4:50 p.m. at 3292 Church View Road in Lower Milford Township. At least one house lost power in that area."

Note: Also see the man who dropped dead before 5:30 AM in a grassy area in Allentown on this day...

2016-06-22 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 12 scrap vehicles burn, in Charlton (Massachusetts):

2016-06-22 - Update on man burned to death in car fire near North Battleford (Canada) - was man, 31, no foul play:

Note: Mentioned him when he burned to death, in the 2016-06-19 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-23 - Brush fire erupts near Lake Isabella in Squirrel Valley (California), 80 homes destroyed, 2 killed:

Quote: "Two people have died in a fast-moving wildfire near Lake Isabella in Kern County, fire officials said. The blaze has charred 30,000 acres, destroyed 100 structures and forced hundreds of evacuations in rural communities. So far, there is no containment estimate. Approximately 80 of the 100 structures are homes, officials said. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Kern County for the fire."

2016-06-23 - Underground electrical explosion damages substation on Tudor Rise in Ross-on-Wye (Britain):

2016-06-23 - Chemical plant devastated by massive explosion and fire in Ivanovo (Russia):

2016-06-23 - Paper recycling plant hit by fire in Carrington (Britain):

2016-06-23 - In separate incidents, pickup truck bursts into flame and tire shop destroyed by fire at 4:40 AM in Richmond (Virginia):

Quote: "Coincidentally, a truck behind an Exxon across the street from the tire shop was also on fire."

Note: Yep, that's quite a 'coincidence'...

2016-06-23 - In separate incidents, four cars burst into flame in 5 days in coastal South Kingston (Rhode Island):

Quote: "The Narragansett Times spoke to UFD Deputy Chief Steven Pinch regarding the slew of vehicle fires. 'It’s strange when this amount of car fires occur, but it’s just a coincidence,' he said via telephone Tuesday afternoon, just after the fourth car went ablaze on Route 1."

Note: Uh huh. Will he still be saying that when it's ten or twenty cars going up in flames each day just in his town alone? I guess we'll see, unless we drop dead or burn to death or whatever first, of course...

2016-06-23 - Two cars and garage destroyed by fire, home damaged, in Texas Township (Michigan):

Quote: "The fire marshall is on the scene, and investigating what caused the fire, but the family believes the car may have started on fire in the garage."

2016-06-23 - Update on man found burned to death in burning car near Lake Victor (Texas) - no foul play:

Note: I mentioned him when he was found burned to death, in the 2016-06-20 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-24 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame after landing at coastal JFK Airport (New York):

Quote: "Flames broke out on a jumbo jet soon after it landed at JFK Airport. The Asiana flight from Seoul, South Korea landed shortly before noon on Friday morning. After all the passengers disembarked, mechanics were attending to the airbus A-380 when a fire ignited in one of the engines."

Note: This is the 65th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-06-24 - Man found burned to death next to burning car on Smith Avenue in Birmingham (Alabama):

Quote: "Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded to the scene first, after receiving reports of a small explosion and smoke. Detectives were unable to determine the cause of death, due to the condition of the body, authorities said."

2016-06-24 - Burning corpse found in lot near the Schuykill River in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2016-06-24 - Auto salvage yard goes up in flames at 3 AM near coastal Sydney (Australia), nobody there:

Quote: "The fire spread from a car wrecking factory on Rosedale Avenue, Greenacre, early on Friday to Davonne Blinds directly behind it. An employee of the company, who refused to be named, said that the factory and its entire stock had been destroyed in the blaze."

2016-06-24 - Landfill erupts in flame, fire gets big, in coastal Cutchogue (New York):

Category: Animal Die-Offs

2016-06-25 - Humpback whale found dead outside Shinnecock Inlet in Southampton (New York):

2016-06-25 - Hundreds of fish found dead in lake in Quang Nam (Vietnam):

2016-06-25 - Fish found dead in waterways in McPherson (Kansas):

2016-06-25 - Fish dying and algae spreading in the St. Lucie River (Florida):

Quote: "Dead cells fall to the bottom of the river, where they're eaten by bacteria; and when the bacteria multiply, they can suck all the oxygen out of the water. Low oxygen levels can lead to fish kills."

Note: Not only that, but the ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that produce hydrogen sulfide thrive with low levels of oxygen (preferably none), and they eat dead stuff, so this water is not only becoming nicer for them but it's producing food for them too in the form of dead fish. If conditions become TOO nice, then it begets a chain reaction, where hydrogen sulfide kills fish, then the ancient organisms eat the dead fish, which produces more hydrogen sulfide, which kills more fish, and so on and so on...

2016-06-25 - Fish found dead in the San Sebastian River in St. Johns County (Florida):

2016-06-25 - Thousands of fish found dead in Wolf River Harbor (Tennessee):

2016-06-25 - Large number of fish and other aquatic life found dead in the Little Flatrock River (Indiana):

2016-06-25 - Fish found dead in Smallgains Lake off Smallgains Avenue in Canvey (Britain):

2016-06-25 - Forty tons of fish suddenly die in fish farm in Hau Giang (Vietnam):

2016-06-25 - Many fish found dead in the water in Nalgonda (India):

2016-06-25 - Thousands of fish died in park lake in Santa Catarina (Brazil):

2016-06-25 - 48 turtles found dead on beaches in coastal Sinaloa (Mexico):

Quote: "Culiacan, Sinaloa, June 25, 2016.- The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) attended and investigates possible causes of death of 48 sea turtles, of which 45 belong to the species of brown or black turtle (Chelonia agassizzi), and three of the Olive ridley species (Lepydochelys olivacea) on the beaches of the municipality of Escuinapa, Sinaloa."

2016-06-25 - Tigress drops dead in reserve in Rajasthan (India):

Note: It's not just people sickening, dropping dead and/or bubbling up dead in the water, but animals too...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-26 - The last 10 months have been the worst for fires and floods in US history:

Quote: "And just as the Shemitah year ended last September, massive wildfires began erupting all over the country. Thanks to that unprecedented outbreak of large fires, 2015 ended up being the worst year for wildfires in all of U.S. history. And since 2016 began, things have continued to get worse. As far as the total number of acres burned is concerned, we are more than a million acres ahead of the pace that was set last year."

2016-06-26 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole lid off in Toronto (Canada), woman injured:

Quote: "A woman passing by at the time sustained minor burns to her arm when the manhole lid blew off, a Toronto Fire Services spokesperson said. Toronto Paramedic Services said she was taken to hospital to be treated."

2016-06-26 - Passenger plane bursts into flame after making emergency landing in coastal Singapore:

2016-06-26 - Passenger plane hit by smoke on the tarmac, plane evacuated, at Heathrow Airport (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "The tail-end of the aircraft was emitting smoke before the passengers were evacuated. Passengers on an American Airlines flight at London Heathrow Airport had to evacuate down the emergency slide when smoke filled the cabin."

Note: These are the 66th and 67th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-06-26 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame in Salmon Arm (Canada), near Shuswap Lake:

Quote: "Fire Chief Brad Shirley says the first call was of a vehicle fire within the Wendy's Drive-Thru, noting that no one was injured in the incident that caused fairly minor damage to the vehicle. The second call was more serious, with the Fire Department arriving to find a vehicle fully engulfed in flames on 10th Avenue SW."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-27 - Gas plant explodes and burns at 11:30 PM in coastal Pascagoula (Mississippi):

Quote: "A BP spokesman was not immediately available to comment on operations at the plant, which a company website describes as among the 10 largest such facilities in the United States. It handles half of BP's natural gas production from the Gulf."

Quote: "Jackson County Emergency Management Director Early Etheridge said the first explosion happened at 11:30 p.m., followed by a larger explosion several minutes later. Etheridge said the second blast could be felt up to 10 miles away."

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."

2016-06-27 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire before 4 AM, 20 cars burn, in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Fire crews are at a junkyard in Southwest Philadelphia where twenty cars caught on fire. The fire started before 4 a.m. Monday on the 6600 block of Essington Avenue. The cars were found in the rear of the junkyard."

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

2016-06-27 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, car bursts into flame, ignites grass fire, in Lansing (Michigan):

2016-06-27 - Metal recycling business erupts in flame in Tilburg (Netherlands), near the coast:

Quote: "A large fire broke out at recycling center Huiskes Metaal on Centaurusweg in Tilburg on Monday morning. An NL-Alert was sent warning local residents to stay out of the smoke, keep windows and doors closed and turn off the ventilation, Omroep Brabant reports."

2016-06-27 - Underground electrical fire(s) hit Riverdale area in coastal Bronx (New York):

2016-06-27 - Underground flash fire burns workers at underground substation in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), 2 injured:

Quote: "Two PECO workers are recovering after they suffered burns during a flash fire at an underground substation. The PECO employee and contractor were working underground at the substation on 23rd and Market streets at 4:48 p.m. Monday when a flash fire occurred."

Note: Flash fires are gases burning off in the air. What gas was it in the atmosphere that burned in an electrical facility underground? So there was this underground flash fire AND 20 scrap cars going up in flames in the wee hours at an auto salvage yard in Philadelphia on this day...

2016-06-27 - Subway track fire smokes up tunnel and disrupts train transit in coastal Washington DC:

2016-06-27 - Passenger plane hit by fire and smoke at DFW International Airport (Texas), plane evacuated:

Quote: "'The crew of Envoy Flight 3492, an Embraer E145 aircraft, reported smoke in the cockpit shortly after landing on Runway 18-Right at DFW around 7:45 local time this morning,' the FAA said in a statement. 'Passengers evacuated from the aircraft by stairs after possible flames were spotted in a wheel well. DFW Airport fire crews responded.'"

Note: This is the 68th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

Category: Variety Pack

2016-06-28 - Massive explosion obliterates four homes, damages 20+ more, in Mississauga (Canada), near Lake Ontario, 1 killed:

Quote: "The Mississauga Fire service said four homes appear to have been destroyed."

Note: This is the 219th residential explosion in 2016...

2016-06-28 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits downtown St. Louis (Missouri), near the Mississippi River:

2016-06-28 - Woman and son, 40 and 3, found burned to death in burning car on the island of Madeira (Portugal):

2016-06-28 - Man, 58, burns to death in burning car at home near Reed Point (Montana), near the Yellowstone River:

2016-06-28 - Two freight trains collide head-on then explode and burn, near Panhandle (Texas), 2 killed, 1 injured, 1 missing:

2016-06-28 - Unknown odor sickens people at office building in Germantown (Maryland):

Quote: "Firefighters evacuated an office building in Germantown Tuesday morning after receiving reports of an odor making people sick. Pete Piringer of Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service tweeted that crews responded to the building in the 20600 block of Seneca Meadows Pkwy where multiple people reported headaches due to the odor."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-29 - Passenger plane bursts into flame before takeoff at airport in SeaTac (Washington), near the coast:

Note: This is the 69th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-06-29 - Van explodes and burns while parked in driveway at daycare in Saginaw (Michigan):

Quote: "Robert Moore said the van, which is used personally by the couple and not for the day care, had apparently randomly exploded."

2016-06-29 - More than 40 cars destroyed by fire at 1 AM at auto auction business near Erdington (Britain):

2016-06-29 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, pile of junk cars burns, in Buford (Georgia):

2016-06-29 - Tow yard hit by fire just after 11 PM, 14 cars burn, in Hamilton (New Jersey):

2016-06-29 - Landfill erupts in flame in Milton (Georgia):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-06-30 - Small plane bursts into flame then crashes and burns in the Saratov Region (Russia), 2 killed:

Quote: "'The plane caught fire while in the air, the witnesses saw this,' a representative of the local emergencies department said, adding that the fire has been already extinguished."

Note: This is the 70th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2016...

2016-06-30 - A look at wildfires burning across the US West:

2016-06-30 - Pallet company destroyed by fire at 2:25 AM in Aurora (Illinois):

Quote: "A fire destroyed a warehouse building occupied by a pallet company on Aurora's East Side Thursday, officials said. Aurora firefighters arrived to find a heavy fire at 2:25 a.m. Thursday at the Mas Pallets building on the 1300 block of Plain Avenue, according to fire officials."

2016-06-30 - Pallet warehouse devastated by massive fire before 6 AM in Sylacauga (Alabama):

Quote: "A fire broke out Thursday morning in the Marble City Pallets warehouse, the Slyacauga Fire Department says."

2016-06-30 - Wood recycling facility hit by fire, forklifts, loaders and building destroyed, in Taunton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "They do grind it on site, so right now, the entire building’s a loss, like I said, there is machinery inside, big, big loaders are in there, there are some forklifts in there..."

2016-06-30 - Landfill hit by fire at 5:26 AM, mulch ignites, in coastal East Hampton (New York):

2016-06-30 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Chicago (Illinois), near Lake Michigan:

2016-06-30 - Transformer bursts into flame shortly after 6 AM in Sunnyside (New York), near the coast:

2016-06-30 - Transformer bursts into flame near homes near coastal Little Bay (Canada):

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