Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 - MAY - Spotlight Stories

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-01 - Person found dead in burned SUV near Hawkins Road near Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area (New Jersey), 15 miles from the coast:

Quote: "When emergency personnel responded to the scene of a fire near the Mills Wildlife Management Area, their attention turned from the cause of the fire to the discovery of a dead person in the front seat of a burned car."

Quote: "Sramaty said foul play is not suspected, but the investigation is continuing."

2017-05-01 - Person found dead in burning car along Clinton Road near Clinton Reservoir (New Jersey):

Quote: "The fatal accident was discovered Sunday at roughly 10 p.m. on a remote, yet relatively straight section of Clinton Road just beyond the new bridge at the northern end of the Clinton Reservoir, police said. The vehicle was headed southbound and ended up approximately 50 feet into the woods, where it was found on fire, police said. There are char marks in the roadway and a memorial marking the site. West Milford Fire Companies No. 1, 2 and 4 all responded to the scene to extinguish the blaze. The road, which cuts through preserved Newark-owned watershed, is a local tourist attraction."

Note: They found the car burning off the road, but they found char marks ON the road, so this car was on fire BEFORE it went off the road. The person found burned to death on the other car fire - that car had only heat and fire damage, no crash damage, so it probably caught fire and then ran off the road too. As more and more cars go up in flames, this will be increasingly common: finding a person burned to death in a burning car on or off the road. That's already way more common than it used to be, but this problem - people burning to death in their vehicles - will get waaaaaay worse. Here's a Google Maps link that shows the locations of both charred corpses...

2017-05-01 - Passenger plane hit by smoke and/or fire, plane makes emergency landing at DuPage Airport in West Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "An American Airlines jet that took off from O'Hare Airport made an emergency landing at DuPage Airport Monday morning after those on board reported a fire broke out on the plane."

Quote: "The regional jet was diverted to DuPage Airport due to smoke in the cockpit, the FAA said. Some passengers said the smoke appeared to be coming from the cargo area. Nick Ludwig, of Cedar Rapids, tweeted a short video showing smoke in the cabin. The flight landed safely around 9:13 a.m."

Note: This is the 38th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-01 - Underground electrical explosions and fire hit Toronto (Canada):

Quote: "Commuters in downtown Toronto were sent into a panic Monday as plumes of dark smoke and sounds of explosions disrupted evening rush hour. Toronto Fire Services say the cause was a fire in an underground hydro vault near King St. W. and Bay St."

2017-05-01 - Ground found burning in Muthanadu Mund (India):

2017-05-01 - Government offices devastated by massive blaze, fire spreads to homes and shops, in Pattan, Kohistan District (Pakistan):

Quote: "Pattan is a posh area of the district, said Khan, adding that people in the area were vacating their residences as the fire had also spread to a few houses and shops."

2017-05-01 - Scrap metal and building(s) go up in flames in coastal Sharjah (UAE):

Quote: "The area was mainly used as warehousing space to store scrap metal but one of the buildings also contained diesel barrels, which firefighters managed to avoid fire spreading to."

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2017-05-02 - Van bursts into flame and kills 7+ people on road near Rawalpindi (Pakistan):

Quote: "At least seven passengers died of burn injuries when a van caught fire owing to a short circuit in the wiring near Chahan on Chakri Road here on Tuesday, police and Rescue 1122 informed The Nation on Tuesday."

2017-05-02 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, junk trucks and school buses go up in flames, in Scranton (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Several unused trucks and school buses caught fire in the Lackawanna County Recycling Center, 3400 Boulevard Ave., Sunday evening. Tires burning in the back of one of them sent a column of black smoke into the air about 6:30 p.m."

2017-05-02 - Pallet storage facility destroyed by fire at 11 PM along US 101 in Harbor Gateway (California), 5 miles from the coast:

Quote: "A fire engulfed a pallet storage facility in Harbor Gateway along the 110 Freeway Tuesday night. Forty-nine Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, including firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, battled the fire at 555 W. 152nd Street, which started at around 11 p.m., according to authorities. One viewer driving along the freeway said the flames were so hot that she 'felt them through her car.'"

2017-05-02 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, near the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Blackburn (Britain):

Quote: "Lancashire firefighters have been dealing with a huge blaze in Blackburn overnight. Crews were called to a recycling unit close to the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Lower Hollin Bank street yesterday teatime..."

2017-05-02 - Wildfire grows to more than 100,000 acres in Okefenokee Swamp (Florida/Georgia), now the largest uncontained fire in the US:

Quote: "After nearly a month, the West Mims fire at the Okefenokee National Wildfire Rescue is still growing. So far, it has burned more than 100-thousand acres, that's nearly three times of the size of Miami's metro area. Despite more than 460 people assigned to the fire, it's only 8% contained."

2017-05-02 - Deaths from lightning triple in the first quarter for Cambodia compared to 2016:

2017-05-02 - Lightning strike kills farmer and four camels in Oman:

2017-05-02 - Lightning strike kills 32 certified organic cows in Texas County (Missouri):

2017-05-02 - Heavy rain and flooding devastate the towns of Pacific and Eureka (Missouri):

2017-05-02 - Flooding destroys 100,000 acres of crops in Arkansas:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-03 - Man has 'medical event' and is seriously burned in Blood Alley Square in Gastown area in coastal Vancouver (Canada):

Quote: "A man is in hospital being treated for serious burns following an incident in Gastown on Wednesday evening. It remains unclear what took place, though Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham said the burns came as a result of a 'medical event.' Police were on-site to assist with the incident in Blood Alley Square; no criminal investigation is taking place. 'He has been taken to hospital with significant burn injuries, in addition to his initial health incident,' said Fincham in an email."

2017-05-03 - Early season Russia-Siberia wildfire outbreak expands due to heat:

2017-05-03 - Underground explosion hits coal mine in Azadshahr (Iran), 35+ killed, dozens trapped:

2017-05-03 - Underground electrical fire hits Milpitas (California):

Quote: "Also on Wednesday afternoon, Milpitas fire personnel responded to an underground electric vault fire in the northwest corner of the Great Mall shopping center near The Home Depot store. As of about 5 p.m., the fire may have caused much of the mall to go without power."

2017-05-03 - Underground electrical fire spews flames from pavement in Coventry (Britain):

2017-05-03 - Railway tunnel rocked by explosion in Guizhou Province (China), 12 killed, 12 injured:

2017-05-03 - Landfill fire breaks out at 5:03 AM on Village Street in East Knapton (Britain):

Quote: "Village Street, East Knapton TOC: 05:03 Crews from Sherburn, Malton and Pickering are in attendance at a fire involving a large amount of landfill. Incident is currently ongoing."

2017-05-03 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame near Sargodha (Pakistan):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-04 - Chemical plant damaged by explosions and fire in Arganda del Rey (Spain), 15+ injured:

2017-05-04 - Massive scrap metal fire erupts at metal business in coastal Limerick (Ireland):

Quote: "Firefighters in Limerick are tackling a fire which has broken out at an industrial premises on the outskirts of the city. The fire broke out at the ClearCircle Metals plant, formerly Hegarty Metals, which is located on the Ballysimon Road on the eastern side of Limerick city. It is understood the fire started inside a large quantity of scrap metal which is located at the premises."

2017-05-04 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, many scrap vehicles burn, in Orihuela, Alicante (Spain):

Quote: "Firefighters from the Alicante Provincial Fire Consortium battled a fire in a scrap yard that burned around 2,000 square metres of scrapped vehicles in the town of El Escorratel, Orihuela (Alicante) on Thursday."

2017-05-04 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, fire spreads to shops, in Sargodha (Pakistan):

Quote: "Fire fighters are trying to extinguish the fire that erupted at a junkyard warehouse near Lari Adda here has spread to shops nearby."

2017-05-04 - Auto shop explodes and burns in coastal Taipei (Taiwan):

Quote: "A fire broke out in a auto body repair shop Thursday evening near the corner of Nongan Street and Jilin Road in Taipei's Zhongshang District at 9:50 p.m., according to firefighters on the scene. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion, followed by a loss of power in neighboring buildings. Flames were then spotted erupting from the Haohan Car Cutie Salon, which services luxury sports cars."

2017-05-04 - Track fire breaks out in tunnel, smoke inundates passenger train, in Atlanta (Georgia):

Quote: "William Braxton was on his way to Chamblee Station from the Airport station when he heard a 'chilling' announcement from the conductor on the train ahead of him: 'Fire, fire stop everything! There is smoke everywhere!' 'He sounded extremely panicked,' Braxton said, 'like he truly did not believe he was going to make it out alive.'"

2017-05-04 - Around 300 tons of peat go up in flames in coastal Ellesmere Port (Britain), 3000 feet from the ocean:

2017-05-04 - Flower bed starts smoking on Market Street in Crewe (Britain):

Note: Kinda like that burning ground in India that killed a boy, mentioned in the 2017-04-18 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-05 - RV goes up in flames and kills 66-year-old man in coastal La Colina, Malaga (Spain):

Quote: "A 66-year-old man died on Thursday evening in Torremolinos in a fire that broke out in a motorhome parked in Avenida Salvador Dalí in La Colina. The emergency services, called out at 6.22pm, found the body of Cristóbal D. P. in the cab of the vehicle."

Note: This is the 174th RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-05 - Around 200 tons of scrap metal and some machinery go up in flames in Larkfield (Britain), 1 mile from the River Medway:

Quote: "Four fire engine were quickly on the scene and fire crews were confronted with a blaze involving approximately 200 tonnes of scrap metal and plant machinery."

2017-05-05 - Paper shredding business destroyed by explosion and fire in coastal Limerick (Ireland):

Note: An auto salvage yard just went up in flames the day prior in Limerick too, mentioned in the 2017-05-04 update...

2017-05-05 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits coastal Washington DC:

2017-05-05 - Landfill erupts in flame near Rome (Italy):

2017-05-05 - In separate incidents, van and vehicle burst into flame on the M25 near Waltham Abbey (Britain):

Quote: "Drivers are facing delays on the M25 clockwise after a box van caught fire - just hours after a fire on the same stretch of motorway."

Quote: "Traffic was already slow in the area due to an earlier vehicle fire and two broken down vehicles at junction 24 ((A111/A1005) for Potters Bar and junction 25 for the A10 at Enfield."

2017-05-05 - AC unit bursts into flame after 6 AM at mall along the Mississippi River in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

Quote: "The air conditioning unit at the Riverwalk Outlet Mall is to blame for smoke that was reported early Friday as a possible fire, officials said. New Orleans fire officials said the fire was reported after 6 a.m. at the mall on the Mississippi Riverfront."

2017-05-05 - AC unit bursts into flame at shopping center, fire spreads to building, in Studio City (California), 11 miles from the coast:

Quote: "While the first-floor fire was extinguished at 8:10 a.m., firefighters found the 'seat' of the blaze on the second floor in an air conditioning unit down a narrow corridor and worked to put it out, fire officials said."

2017-05-05 - HVAC unit bursts into flame at school in Lubbock (Texas):

Note: Also see the RV that burst into flame in Lubbock on this day...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-06 - Man, 48, found burned to death in burning car just before 1 AM at home in Chehalis (Washington), 1.5 miles east of the Chehalis River:

Quote: "A body was found inside a car after flames were extinguished overnight in Chehalis. Firefighters were called just before 1 o’clock this morning to the 1900 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue for a vehicle fire and found it fully involved, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. It was about 12 feet away from a two-car garage associated with a manufactured home near the southeast corner of the Yard Birds Mall property, Fire Capt. Casey Beck said. Once the fire was put out, Beck said, he shined his flashlight inside and saw there was a deceased person in the driver’s seat."

Note: A man just dropped dead 1 mile east of the Chehalis River in Centralia (Washington) the day prior too, mentioned in the 2017-05-05 update...

2017-05-06 - Car bursts into flame and kills woman in Hiran Magri (India):

Quote: "A woman was burnt alive when the car she was driving caught fire suddenly on Saturday night near a garden at HiranMagri sector 3 area of the city. 'The fire was so instantaneous that the woman could not get out of the car and reduced to ashes in minutes,' said a police official. The victim was identified as Ritu Jain (27) wo Abhineet Chhajed resident of sector 4 area."

2017-05-06 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage, fire spreads, two homes destroyed, in Cawston (Britain):

Quote: "Two family homes in Cawston were devastated after a car caught fire in a garage on Friday (May 5) with neighbours setting up a fundraising page. Fortunately no one was hurt but the houses on Oatland Drive were left destroyed after the fire, with the two families’ possessions in ashes."

2017-05-06 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Worcester (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Smoke coming from an underground electrical vault on Commercial Street, next to the DCU Center, forced the temporary evacuation of two events that were being held in the convention center Saturday night."

2017-05-06 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Mayfair area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Authorities responded to an underground transformer fire early Saturday morning. It happened just before 1 a.m. in the Mayfair section of the city. As a result of the fire, crews had to detour traffic on Cottman Avenue near Roosevelt Boulevard."

2017-05-06 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 6:20 AM, 20 cars burn, in Ajax (Canada), 2 miles from Lake Ontario:

Quote: "Emergency crews were at the scene of a large fire at Ajax Auto Wreckers, Saturday morning. Ajax Fire Chief Dave Lang says the blaze started at about 6:20 a.m. when a cluster of 20 cars caught fire."

2017-05-06 - Aircraft salvage yard hit by fire, salvage planes burn, in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a fire that ignited at an aircraft salvage yard near 32nd Street and Loop 101. Crews responded around 12:30 p.m. to a report of a shed fire with planes inside. A Phoenix Fire Department spokesman said someone was working on salvage aircraft when the fire started. The flames damaged the shed and several planes caught on fire."

2017-05-06 - Wildfire sends people fleeing in coastal Gangneung (South Korea)

Quote: "The Gangneung city government said hundreds of its residents were ordered to flee Saturday as a wind-fed forest fire spread in the eastern city. The residents had been ordered to evacuate as of 6 p.m., after the blaze started on a hill near Daegwallyeong, a mountain pass close to the east coast, at around 3:30 p.m., according to city officials. No casualties have been reported. The residents took shelter at nearby schools and other public facilities, officials said."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-07 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at Lake Paran, kills man and dog, in North Bennington (Vermont):,506702

Quote: "A man and his dog died in a pickup truck fire last night at Lake Paran in North Bennington. The Bennington Banner reports that the fire department got to the fishing access at around 7:30 Sunday night and found the truck engulfed in flames."

2017-05-07 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked in coastal Olympia (Washington), dog killed, another dog injured:

2017-05-07 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal Seattle (Washington):

Quote: "A fire sparked inside a pile of metal sent a large emergency response to Seattle Iron & Metals Corp. on Sunday."

Quote: "There were no injuries, Webb said, and the facility’s containment system was expected to keep runoff from reaching the nearby Duwamish Waterway."

2017-05-07 - Underground fire and explosions hit Plaza area in Kansas City (Missouri):

2017-05-07 - Recycling plant erupts in flame, fire gets big, near Swinton (Britain):

2017-05-07 - Swamp fire erupts near Minneapolis (Minnesota):

Quote: "Firefighters in the west metro worked all night to keep a wetland fire from damaging any homes or businesses. Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, a fire occurred in a large wetland area between Highway 12 and Independence City Hall. Police said the fire started in the middle of the swamp, which is completely covered in Cattails and water."

2017-05-07 - Wildfire grows to 121,000+ acres in Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia/Florida):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-08 - Electrical substation erupts in flame at 5:30 AM in the Las Vegas Valley (Nevada):

2017-05-08 - Underground electrical explosion and fire breaks out near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "An underground fire in an Ameren Missouri manhole cuts power for about 900 customers scattered throughout a 20-square-block area in downtown St. Louis."

2017-05-08 - Underground train station hit by ventilation shaft fire in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in a disused ventilation shaft at Oxford Circus underground station last night. Gaining access to the fire was difficult as it was located in a non-public area of the station. Around 400 people were evacuated before the Brigade arrived."

2017-05-08 - Train station hit by basement fire in Carlisle (Britain), near the River Caldwell:

Quote: "Smoke in basement in train station in Carlisle(Carlisle) 8 May 2017 At 15:02 firefighters were called to Citadel Railway Station to heavy smoke logging in a basement of a commercial property. The crews found a fire which was out on their arrival in the basement and used a hose reel and a thermal imaging camera to check the area. The station was evacuated and no trains were permitted to stop at the train station while the incident was being dealt with, however trains were permitted to pass through the station without stopping."

Quote: "Crews from Carlisle west and east fire stations were at a separate incident in Longtown."

Note: They were probably busy at the truck that burst into flame in Longtown on this day...

2017-05-08 - Recycling center hit by fire, 15-20 cars burn, in Waynesboro (Virginia):

Quote: "A debris fire broke out out at a recycling center in Waynesboro Monday morning, igniting approximately 15 to 20 cars, according to fire officials."

2017-05-08 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Holon (Israel), 3 miles from the coast, 1 injured:

Quote: "Two eastbound lanes of traffic on Highway 44 have been closed to traffic due to a fire in the Holon industrial zone. A 40-year-old man was seriously injured in the fire, which broke out in a junkyard where Route 44 runs parallel to Hasadna Street."

2017-05-08 - Recycling center hit by fire, 500 tons of plastic and some metal burns, on Wharf Road near Kilnhurst (Britain):

Quote: "A huge blaze has broken out at a recycling centre near Rotherham. South Yorkshire Fire Service said up to 500 tonnes of plastic could be on fire at Universal Recycling, on Wharf Road near Kilnhurst."

Quote: "Incident Commander Andy Hayter, from South Yorkshire Fire Service, said the fire mostly involves plastics, but some metal is on fire."

2017-05-08 - Florida hit with 2000 wildfires so far this year with 125 burning now, no end in sight:

Quote: "Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced Monday that more than 2,000 wildfires have burned over 150,000 acres in Florida this year, with nearly 125 active wildfires burning as of today, May 8th, 2017. Commissioner Putnam said that 'Florida is in the middle of its worst wildfire season in years – with no end in sight.'"

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2017-05-09 - Two mobile homes destroyed by explosion and fire at 12:10 AM, 2 more damaged, in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), 2 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Two people were killed and one seriously injured in an explosion at a Myrtle Beach campground overnight Monday, WSOC reports. A photo from a Myrtle Beach visitor shows a giant fireball coming from a trailer. The explosion and fire were reported around midnight at the Apache Campground on Kings Road, just a few blocks from the pier."

Quote: "Melissa Dewett from Huntersville has been staying at the campground since Easter. She spoke to Channel 9 over the phone and said she heard it start. 'All of a sudden this loud explosion happened,' Dewett said. 'This massive flame. I was like, "Oh my God."'""

Note: About 3000 feet from the ocean. Here's a Google Maps link of the area. Also see the small plane that crashed into the ocean off the coast of Myrtle Beach on this day. This is the 153rd residential explosion in 2017...

2017-05-09 - 40 cars go up in flames before 6:16 AM at auto shop in coastal Barrow-in-Furness (Britain):

Quote: "Big fire at Salthouse Mill. Around 40 stock cars are believed to be on fire..."

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

2017-05-09 - Car yard hit by large tire fire in Ngatea (New Zealand), 5 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Seven appliances are at the scene after being alerted to the blaze on Kohunui Street in Ngatea just before 9.30pm. Northern fire communications spokesman Jarron Phillips told 1 News the fire is 'quite big'. 'Tyres are on fire inside and outside the 50 by 20 square metre warehouse,' he says."

2017-05-09 - More than 30 wildfires break out in Ireland:

2017-05-09 - Two SUVs go up in flames while parked at home, home scorched too, in coastal Waldport (Oregon):

Note: Around 800 feet from the ocean. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2017-05-09 - Huge sinkholes are now appearing in the wrong places:

Quote: "But a recent spate of huge, sudden-appearing caverns is prompting alarm because they're happening in places where they shouldn't, and now seem to be proliferating nationwide."

2017-05-09 - Tunnel collapses at Hanford Nuclear Reservation (Washington), emergency declared:

Quote: "An emergency has been declared at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington after a portion of a tunnel that contained rail cars full of nuclear waste collapsed."

2017-05-09 - After Comey firing, Sean Spicer tries to hide in bushes to avoid reporters:

Note: It's certainly looking increasingly suspicious, with three people with ties to the Russia-Trump investigations fired now. If Trump is innocent then he's an incredible idiot for making himself look so guilty. An innocent man would just let the investigations go and reap the rewards of a huge 'toldyaso' and use that as a weapon against political enemies. A guilty man, though, might try to suppress investigations. Nixon tried that too. It's still possible that Trump is innocent but is actually a big enough idiot to metaphorically shoot himself in the nuts like this though. Guess we'll see what happens. Doesn't really matter though - it's all just petty distracting BS at this point. Regardless of any of that, the president's spokesman trying to hide in some bushes is pretty effin' funny!

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-10 - The mystery of the burning BMWs - at least 42 parked BMWs have burst into flame:

Quote: "BMW is recognized as one of the most reputable car manufactures in the world, with cars known for reliable engineering and safety. But in a joint-investigation with ABC News, 7 On Your Side Investigates has discovered dozens of cases of parked BMWs bursting into flames."

Quote: "Vehicle owners and fire departments across the country are asking BMW to explain how some parked cars could suddenly burst into flames. An ABC News investigation airing today on Good Morning America, World News Tonight with David Muir and Nightline discovered dozens of incidents in which the luxury cars caught fire even though owners reported they had parked their cars and turned them off."

Note: Solved this mystery more than five years ago, before these BMW fires and this mystery even began. They might wanna wake up or they're gonna end up being mystified from a permanently reclining position in a cemetery...

2017-05-10 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, two vehicles and tires burn, in Sunnyside (street) in Newhall (Britain):

2017-05-10 - Radioactive landfill continues burning in Bridgeton (Missouri), elevated levels of radioactive stuff found in nearby homes:

2017-05-10 - Sheep starts smoldering at 4:45 AM in paddock in Trowbridge (Britain):

Quote: "Trowbridge were called to a smell of burning which was caused by one sheep smouldering in a paddock. No firefighting action was carried out by Fire and Rescue Service."

Note: There have been quite a few animals found severely burned, almost always blamed on humans. While I have no doubt that some of those fires were caused by humans, I'm also sure that some of those animals simply burst into flame - or rather their fur did, just like the several instances of humans having their hair (or in one case a wig) burst into flame, and the many instances of humans having their clothes burst into flame. This is one of those things where once we see it happen once, we're highly likely to see it happen again and again...

2017-05-10 - RV bursts into flame at 2:06 AM at the Charleston Boat Basin in coastal Coos Bay (Oregon), 1 injured:

Quote: "A man suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns to his face and hands after trying to fight a fire in his RV with cups of water, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said. Coos County Sheriff’s Deputies and Charleston Fire Department responded to the fire at the end of Alaska Packers Road in the Charleston Boat Basin at 2:06 a.m. Wednesday."

Note: Also see the unoccupied home that went up in flames in Coos Bay on this day...

2017-05-10 - RV bursts into flame while parked in the Town of Koshkonong (Wisconsin), dog killed:

Note: These are the 191st and 192nd RVs to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-10 - Van bursts into flame while parked at Home Depot in coastal Riverhead (New York):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-11 - Deadly explosion and fire kills man, 64, and destroys 20 golf carts at golf course in Elkin (North Carolina):

Quote: "At least 20 carts were destroyed. Foul play is not suspected."

2017-05-11 - Business(es) damaged by explosion and fire in coastal Weston-super-Mare (Britain):

Quote: "The industrial estate is home to various businesses including garages, a salon, electrical wholesalers and Fedex UK."

2017-05-11 - Scrap metal business erupts in flame at 3:18 AM in Atherton (Britain):

Quote: "It's because of smoke from a fire at a scrap metal merchants on Coal Pit Lane. Firefighters have been tackling it through the night. At 3.18am on Thursday, May 11, eight crews from Atherton, Hindley, Leigh, Bolton, Hyde, Rochdale, Horwich and Stockport and the technical response unit, major rescue unit were called to a fire at an industrial unit off Coal Pit Lane, Atherton."

2017-05-11 - Underground electrical explosion and fire at 11:30 PM hit coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "No word yet on what caused the explosion, but some residents tweeted they heard multiple blasts and could feel the shock waves from inside their apartments."

2017-05-11 - Transformer explodes at Lake Wateree Hydro Plant in Ridgeway (South Carolina):

2017-05-11 - Recycling center hit by fire, seven tons of waste burn, in coastal Portsmouth (Britain):

2017-05-11 - Wildfire grows to 140,000+ acres in Okefenokee Swamp (Florida/Georgia), 500 structures threatened:

Quote: "Officials held a briefing early Thursday morning in St. George, Georgia, updating current conditions on the West Mims fire, stating the latest acreage total was now at 144,073 and containment still remained at 12 percent."

2017-05-11 - Fire truck bursts into flame near Porters Lake on West Porters Lake Road in coastal Halifax (Canada):

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2017-05-12 - Update on the 34 reptiles that suddenly died at a zoo in Knoxville (Tennessee) - killed by unknown toxin:

Quote: "The necropsies - autopsies on bodies of animals - found many of the reptiles had swollen blood vessels and changes in their livers and hearts. UT veterinarians determined the combination of those findings and the sudden deaths of so many animals pointed to a toxic cause. The exact identity of the deadly toxin remains a mystery. Tests couldn't determine the poison."

Note: This sudden and mysterious die-off of zoo animals was mentioned in the 2017-03-25 update...

2017-05-12 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Atlanta (Georgia):

Quote: "'Something I hope I never have to go through again,' says 99.5 WQKY Radio Host 'Cadillac Jack', who says halfway through the flight everyone started smelling smoke and water started leaking from the air vents. 'The captain came on the air said we are smelling smoke and have big electrical problems. We are going to Atlanta,' he says."

Note: This is the 39th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-12 - Transformer explodes and burns, ignites brush fire, in Poinciana (Florida):

Quote: "A transformer exploded on Cypress Parkway, according to Polk County Fire Rescue, starting the fire that came close to the Poinciana Medical Center, Volterra Assisted Living and Solvita neighborhoods. The fire also was approaching Koa Elementary School."

2017-05-12 - Bench with tin roof destroyed by fire at Phipps Ocean Park in coastal Palm Beach (Florida):

Quote: "A CBS 12 viewer sent in a photo of a massive fire ball at Phipps Park in Lake Worth Witnesses say a tin roof over a bench somehow caught on fire, resulting in a massive fire ball."

Note: The story says Lake Worth, but the address of the park is officially in Palm Beach. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2017-05-12 - Street sweeper bursts into flame then rolls into Franklin Pierce Lake in Hillsborough County (New Hampshire):

2017-05-12 - Flatbed truck bursts into flame at 2:30 AM while parked at home on Winton Street East in Dalby (Australia):

2017-05-12 - Arctic sea ice update:

2017-05-12 - Irreversible ocean warming threatens the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica:

2017-05-12 - Scientists figured out why a giant crack in Antarctica is growing so fast, and it points to an even bigger problem:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-13 - Passenger bus bursts into flame and kills 3+ people, injures 23+ people, in Rampura Phul (India):

Quote: "Three people died and 23 suffered burns in a fire that broke out in a luxury bus late on Saturday evening at Rampura in the district, a policeman said. Rayia Transport Company’s (RTC) bus was on its way to Ludhiana when it caught fire on the Bathinda-Barnala Road. Ten passengers of the 23 are in serious condition, SSP Bathinda Naveen Singla said."

Note: This is the 364th bus to burn in 2017...

2017-05-13 - Tanker ship 'Ebrahim 1' explodes and burns at 5:29 AM, breaks into two pieces, in coastal Sharjah (UAE), 1+ killed, 4 injured:,-two-killed

Quote: "One crew member was killed and four others suffered burns after a fire broke out on a vessel transporting a petroleum product at Al Hamriyah port on Saturday morning, Sharjah Civil Defence said. A massive explosion started the fire and the vessel broke into two."

Note: This is the 373rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-13 - Scrap metal fire erupts, fire gets big, in coastal Tamuning on the island of Guam:

Quote: "A fire that began in an undeveloped area around 4 p.m. continued hours later, and has spread further near trash recycling compounds that process aluminum, metal and junk cars, household appliances and electronic items for shipment off island."

Quote: "Acting Governor Ray Tenorio has signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for the fire that ignited in the Harmon Industrial Park on Saturday."

2017-05-13 - Underground electrical explosion shuts down A&E’s 'Live PD' in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "A&E’s 'Live PD' abruptly went dark during Saturday night’s live show when a power outage triggered the explosion of an underground transformer outside its New York City studio."

2017-05-13 - Transformer explodes and burns on pole, ignites grass fire, in Lacy Lakeview (Texas):

2017-05-13 - Transformer explodes and burns in Tral (India), 3 injured:

2017-05-13 - Waste oil recycling plant devastated by inferno and explosions at 3:40 AM in Kirkby (Britain):

2017-05-13 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Scunthorpe (Britain):

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2017-05-14 - Hydrogen sulfide hits Moscow (Russia) in the wee hours, again:

Quote: "In the Metropolitan area of Orekhovo-Borisovo Yuzhnoye recorded the abnormal increase in the maximum allowable concentration of hydrogen sulfide. As follows from the data HPBW «mosekomonitoring», in 4 am concentration was exceeded 10 times in an hour – 17 times, and at 6 am – 13 times."

2017-05-14 - Salvage yard hit by fire, tires and car parts burn, in Afzal Gunj, Hyderabad (India) near the River Musi:

2017-05-14 - Landfill erupts in flame in Iowa City (Iowa):

2017-05-14 - Sewer pipe business hit by fire, yard full of plastic stuff goes up in flames, in St. Clair Township (Ohio):

Quote: "A massive fire that created a towering column of heavy black smoke that could be seen for miles started next to a Butler County company that makes drainage pipes for sewage systems. Fire crews in St. Clair Twp. were called to Advanced Drainage Systems, 2650 Hamilton Eaton Road, around 1:45 p.m. Sunday after a fire broke out in a supply yard containing 'some type of plastic products that are used for drainage piping,' St. Clair Twp. Fire Chief Larry Anglin said.

Quote: "'We may never know what started the fire,' Anglin said. 'Right now, we’re dealing with basically one big glob of plastic back in there, approximately probably an acre-and-a-half of burnt plastic.'"

Note: Those plastic pieces or parts or whatever they are were stacked on pallets...

2017-05-14 - Pallets and trash bins go up in flames at 1:06 AM on Grove Way in Wilmslow (Britain):

2017-05-14 - Fire truck bursts into flame at 12:45 AM while parked inside fire station in Springfield (Virginia):

2017-05-14 - Man, 36, kills his mother, chops her head off, carries her head into store, stabs employee, in Estacada (Oregon):

Quote: "'He was in like a catatonic state, wasn't speaking to anybody,' Roberts said, adding that the only thing he said during the encounter before his arrest was that he was thirsty."

Note: On Mother's Day!

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-15 - Motor parts factory damaged by explosion and fire in Eltmann (Germany), 13 injured:

2017-05-15 - Chemical factory devastated by huge blaze at midnight in Ghaziabad (India):

2017-05-15 - Florida wildfire update:

Quote: "State officials say 170,000 acres in Florida have burned from wildfires since the start of the year. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said that more than 127 active fires were burning in Florida as of Monday. Since the start of 2017, there have been more than 2,100 wildfires in Florida."

2017-05-15 - Cruise ship 'Island Princess' bursts into flame off the coast of Alaska:

2017-05-15 - Restaurant ship destroyed by fire on river in Nanjing (China):

2017-05-15 - Boats, RVs, cars and moving business warehouse destroyed by massive fire along the Willamette River in Portland (Oregon):

Quote: "Portland fire officials confirmed the structure belonged to Metro Moving Company, a Portland pack-and-load moving outfit based at least partly at the location of the fire. The extent of the damage was unclear early Monday."

Quote: "Firefighters said their biggest challenge was related to the contents of the warehouse, including things like carpet pads and other synthetic products that burned easily. There were also cars, RVs and boats inside the building."

Quote: "'It's a city block that's built on pier pilings, or poles, basically. And half of it is over the water,' said Lt. Tommy Schroeder."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area. These are the 381st, 382nd, 383rd and 384th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017, and these are the 200th and 201st RVs to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-15 - Deadly fire destroys home at 3 AM in Akron (Ohio), 7 killed:

Quote: "Five children and two adults were killed Monday in an Akron house fire, police said. The fire, which authorities said is the deadliest in the city's history, broke out at a home on Fultz Avenue near East Avenue."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-05-16 - Noxious chemical odor hits school, 17 students and 3 adults sickened, in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

Quote: "First responders with the Honolulu Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services arrived at the campus around 9:30 a.m. after receiving calls about a noxious chemical odor. Initially 20 patients were assessed at the school, including 17 students and three adults, according to EMS spokeswoman Shane Enright. She said symptoms included complaints of headaches, nausea and dizziness."

2017-05-16 - Gas leak sickens 25 people - or so the story goes - in Belur (India):

Quote: "A gas leak into the drinking water facilities in Belooru (Belur), a town in the Hassan district of Karnataka on Tuesday has resulted in 25 people being admitted to hospitals. The shocking incident was caused by a technical fault leading to the leak being spread around a half kilometer radius. This comes 10 days after the deadly gas leak at the Tughlaqabad container depot that sent over 300 school girls to the hospital."

2017-05-16 - Woman, 87, falls into burn pile and burns to death in Chatawa (Mississippi):

2017-05-16 - Twelve children burned by flash fire at outdoor science experiment in Memorial area in Houston (Texas):

2017-05-16 - Passenger plane hit by smoke before 7 AM, plane returns to airport in Ronkonkoma (New York), near the coast:

Quote: "Smoke in the cockpit forced an American Eagle flight to return to an airport on New York’s Long Island. Newsday reports that the flight was carrying 40 passengers to Philadelphia. No injuries were reported. The Federal Aviation Administration says the twin-engine turboprop de Havilland DH8 landed safely at Long Island MacArthur Airport before 7 a.m. Tuesday."

Note: This is the 40th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-16 - Passenger, man, has 'medical emergency' and slumps over unconscious on passenger plane, plane diverts to Albuquerque (New Mexico):

Quote: "The plane landed at the Sunport at 3:15 p.m. after reports emerged a passenger was unconscious, the spokesperson said. Albuquerque fire and rescue crews responded to treat the passenger, but there was no immediate word on the condition of that passenger. The male patient was taken to Lovelace Hospital."

2017-05-16 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

Quote: "Following a medical emergency, a British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing at the Dublin Airport."

2017-05-16 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane, plane diverts to coastal Shannon (Ireland):

Quote: "A transatlantic jet has diverted to Shannon after a passenger fell ill on board a flight to the US. It was the fourth time in 8 days that a flight diverted to Shannon with a medical emergency."

2017-05-16 - Truck and bus crashes rising nationwide, and 9 people killed in a week in semi crashes in Washington State:

Quote: "It’s been a dangerous week on the roads as nine people have been killed or hurt in crashes involving semis since last Thursday in Washington state — all but one of those in the Puget Sound area. The most recent federal data shows the number of trucks and buses involved in deadly crashes nationwide increased 8-percent from 2014 to 2015. That year, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes. The trend has been growing since 2009, according to the data."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-17 - Riding mower bursts into flame and kills man at Millersville University in Millersville (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A riding lawnmower being used by a longtime groundskeeper at a Pennsylvania university has caught fire, killing the groundskeeper. Millersville University President John Anderson says in an email to faculty and students the worker died Wednesday. He says 60-year-old Michael Keefer was riding on the lawnmower near the university's stadium when the fire broke out. Keefer was taken to a hospital and died that night."

Quote: "She said employees are 'in a state of shock,' and that she believes Keefer's is the first employee death ever on campus."

2017-05-17 - Woman, 83, ignites and burns to death while smoking cigarette on patio at nursing home in St. Charles (Missouri):

Quote: "The Post-Dispatch reported she had been put out on the patio in her wheelchair. Her relatives say she was left unattended, and at some point, Chapman's clothes caught fire. Chapman's daughter-in-law says an attendant found her on fire. The nursing home claims Champman was only left alone for a few minutes."

2017-05-17 - Shipyard heavily damaged by fire in coastal Geoje (South Korea):

2017-05-17 - Tire factory hit by massive fire, 90,000 tires, equipment and warehouse burn, in Malacat (Philippine Islands):$50-million-damage-tab-from-warehouse-fire

Quote: "Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. said that a fire that gutted its warehouse at Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines on May 14 caused an estimated $50 million worth of damage, reports. Angelina Casasola, vice president for administration at YTPI, said that the amount included 90,000 newly manufactured tires as well as equipment and the warehouse structure."

2017-05-17 - Underground explosion hits coal mine in coastal Antalya (Turkey), 2 killed:

2017-05-17 - Underground electrical fire hits Carlstadt (New Jersey):

Note: A Learjet just crashed and burned in Carlstadt and killed two people too, mentioned in the 2017-05-15 update...

2017-05-17 - Power plant heavily damaged by major fire in Ulanskiy (Kazakhstan):

2017-05-17 - Pallet factory erupts in flame, fire gets huge, near coastal Adelaide (Australia):

2017-05-17 - Chemical warehouse erupts in flame in Kolkata (India):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-18 - Mysterious explosions rattle people in the wee hours in coastal Kirton (Britain):

2017-05-18 - Tire business and tires go up in flames, fire gets huge, in coastal Bradenton (Florida):

Quote: "Rick Paree was working inside Callaghan Tire when he first heard an explosion. Within 10 minutes, the Callaghan Tire shipping and receiving manager said, the entire building was engulfed in flames Thursday. The 4,000 tires adjacent to the building also caught on fire."

2017-05-18 - Recycling center devastated by massive blaze near Minot (North Dakota):

2017-05-18 - Computer repair store destroyed by explosion and huge fire in San Antonio (Texas), firefighter killed:

Quote: "Robert Guerra, owner of the computer repair store where the fire started, told us the cameras inside his store showed an explosion."

2017-05-18 - Shoreline Amphitheatre hit by fire during Google conference in coastal Mountain View (California), 3+ injured:

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

2017-05-18 - Underground explosion dislodges manhole cover in Leonia (New Jersey):

2017-05-18 - Seekonk River Drawbridge goes up in flames near coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

2017-05-18 - At least three garbage trucks destroyed by fire just before 2:30 AM while parked at waste facility in Cleveland (Ohio):

Quote: "Several garbage trucks caught fire overnight at a Cleveland waste facility. Fire crews, including police and EMS, responded to Republic Services on Jones Road, just off of Broadway Avenue for reports of possible vehicles on fire. When firefighters arrived, garbage trucks parked in a lot were engulfed in flames. It happened just before 2:30 a.m. on Thursday."

2017-05-18 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on South Church Street in Smithfield (Virginia):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-19 - Car ferry ship 'Mutiara Sentosa 1' erupts in flame in the Java Sea near the Masalembu Islands (Indonesia), 5+ killed:

Quote: "At least five people were killed when a boat carrying nearly 200 people caught fire in Indonesia, rescuers said Saturday."

Quote: "The 'Mutiara Sentosa 1' with 178 persons on board caught fire in the Java Sea near Masalembu island, halfway between Macassar and Surabaya, in the afternoon of May 19, 2017. The ferry was en route from Surabaya to Macassar. The ship was dead in the water seven miles off the Eastern coast of Masalembu near 05 33S 114 34E. There were 44 crew members and 134 passengers on board. The master ordered an evacuation. The passengers and crew went into life boats and rafts."

Quote: "The Mutiara was under way from Java to Balikpapan, Borneo when a fire broke out on her car deck. The crew made an attempt to put it out with the vessel's sprinkler system but it could not be extinguished. The master ultimately ordered the passengers and crew to abandon ship into the vessel's lifeboats."

2017-05-19 - Boat bursts into flame at the Cashman Park Boat Ramp in coastal Newburyport (Massachusetts), 1 injured:

2017-05-19 - Boat bursts into flame while docked at marina in coastal Nelson Bay (Australia):

2017-05-19 - Boat bursts into flame near coastal Vopnafjörður (Iceland):

Quote: "The National Coastguard received an emergency signal at 7.46 pm last night from a fishing boat that had caught fire just outside of Vopnafjörður in the East Fjords. Nearby boats were called to aid the boat's captain who at around 8 pm had left the burning vessel and was on a lifeboat."

Note: These are the 396th, 397th, 398th and 399th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-19 - RV trailer explodes and burns at 4:28 AM while parked at Seneca Lake near Senecaville (Ohio):

Quote: "An explosion and subsequent fire at the Beachside campground at Seneca Lake destroyed at least one camper early Thursday morning. No injuries were reported to the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office following the explosion at approximately 4:28 a.m. Firefighters from the Senecaville Volunteer Fire Department reported one camper was 'fully involved' when they arrived on scene. A 911 caller to the sheriff's office had reported a second camper was also on fire shortly after the explosion."

2017-05-19 - Oil and battery recycling center goes up in flames in coastal Accra (Ghana):

2017-05-19 - Underground electrical explosion hits coastal San Francisco (California):

2017-05-19 - Underground muck fire breaks out in St. Cloud (Florida):

Quote: "A muck fire is sending smoke above ground, filling the air in this residential part of St. Cloud. 'It's just decaying vegetation that's piling up over years and years and years and sometimes it could be a couple feet deep, so the fire actually burns underground,' says St. Cloud Deputy Chief, Jason Miller."

2017-05-19 - Samsung Galaxy S4 explodes and burns in boy's pocket in Jerusalem (Israel), near the coast, 1 injured:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-20 - Passenger plane hit by engine fire/explosion, plane returns to coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Passenger Darren Sudgen told the publication he heard a loud noise on the flight. 'There was an explosion from outside. We saw flames and sparks flying past the window,' Mr Sudgen said."

Quote: "A Qantas flight has been forced to turn back after an engine overheated and exploded with 'flames'. A passenger on the flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne who asked not be named told the Herald Sun the 'engine blew up in flames two hours into the flight.'"

Note: This is the 41st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-20 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame shortly after midnight in coastal Auckland (New Zealand), 350 feet from the ocean:

2017-05-20 - Auto plant damaged by huge fire in Tabriz (Iran):

Quote: "A huge fire swept through Iran Khodro’s automotive manufacturing plant in northwestern city of Tabriz this morning. The fire first erupted at a chemicals storage in the factory at 0800 local time (GMT+4:30) which later extended into other depots, Fars news agency reported."

2017-05-20 - Kids burn ants near septic tank, tank explodes and burns, in Jiujiang (China), 2 injured:

Quote: "The explosion was large enough to blow off a large cement slab covering the tank, media reported."

2017-05-20 - Shopping mall devastated by massive fire at 4:45 AM, 30 shops destroyed, in Patna (India), near the Ganges River:

2017-05-20 - Recycling center hit by fire, vehicle burns, in Williston (Vermont), nobody there:

Quote: "Nadeau says the fire is not considered suspicious and the flames were confined to the vehicle and the small area around it."

2017-05-19 - Fertilizer and pesticide warehouse damaged by massive fire in Trichy (India), near the Kollidam River:

2017-05-19 - Train station devastated by huge fire in East Jakarta (Indonesia), 9 miles from the coast:

Quote: "'The rooms that were destroyed by the fire were the depot, office toilet, stationmaster office, train service room, ticket counters, waiting room, security room, and a server room,' said East Jakarta Fire Department head Gatot Sulaeman, as quoted by Kompas."

Note: So you can't get a train, or use the bathroom, or speak to the people in charge, or get a train serviced, or wait around, or expect any kind of security or communications...but other than that, everything is still available!

2017-05-19 - Bus terminal devastated by massive fire at coastal Montego Bay Airport on the island of Jamaica:

Quote: "Some minutes after 7 pm on Saturday May 20, a large fire erupted at the Montego Bay airport, destroying sections of the Knutsford Express bus company, causing millions of dollars in damages."

2017-05-20 - SUV bursts into flame on State Route 2 in Lancaster (Massachusetts):

2017-05-20 - SUV bursts into flame on State Route 2 in Westminster (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A second SUV caught fire on Route 2 on Saturday, hours after fire officials put out the first, fire and police officials said."

Quote: "The fire started about 3.5 hours after a separate incident where an SUV on its way to an auto auction caught fire on Route 2 eastbound in Lancaster."

Note: About 11 miles apart from each other, these two SUV fires...

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2017-05-21 - Passenger plane takes off, 27 passengers sicken, plane returns to Orlando (Florida), 3+ people hospitalized:

Quote: "Four people were taken to a hospital after a flight that took off from Orlando-Sanford International Airport had to return Sunday after crew members reported feeling sick, officials said. The Thomson Airways flight, headed to Bristol, England, took off about 6 p.m. and returned about 45 minutes later after two flight attendants began feeling nauseous and dizzy, airport spokeswoman Lauren Rowe said. Paramedics treated 27 people at the airport, she said. It’s unclear what caused them to be sick, she said."

2017-05-21 - Man, 55, has 'medical emergency', passenger plane diverts to airport in coastal Bermuda:

Quote: "A passenger on a United Airlines flight was taken to hospital this morning after the aircraft diverted to Bermuda for a medical emergency."

2017-05-21 - Passenger has 'medical emergency', passenger plane diverts to coastal Helsinki (Finland):

Quote: "PIA New York to Lahore Flight PK-712 Diverts to Helsinki Due to Medical Emergency. Due to a passenger feeling unwell, PIA Boeing 777-240LR registration AP-BGY performing New York to Lahore flight PK-712 has landed at Helsinki Vantaa Airport in Finland, accoring to news sources."

2017-05-21 - Person found dead in burning car at 11:30 PM near Van Buren Boulevard in Moreno Valley (California):

Quote: "A body was found in a burning vehicle late Sunday, May 21, off Van Buren Boulevard and the 215 Freeway in Moreno Valley, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Twitter message. Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters alerted sheriff’s officials to the fiery scene about 11:30 p.m., according to sheriff’s officials. The call was dispatched to Cal Fire as a vehicle fire."

2017-05-21 - Underground explosion rocks mine in Yukon (Canada), 1 injured:

2017-05-21 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal Westport (Rhode Island):,35341

Quote: "A pile of scrap at Mid City Scrap in Westport caught fire late Saturday morning producing big plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles. Westport Fire Chief Brian R. Legendre said that firefighters were notified of the blaze at 548 State Road at 11:28 a.m. When they arrived, crews found that it was not a building that was ablaze but a large heap of scrap metal."

2017-05-21 - Refinery heavily damaged by fire on the island of Curacao:

2017-05-21 - Plastic factory devastated by huge fire in coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-22 - Man, 29, burns to death at 1:35 AM under Walla Walla River bridge in Milton-Freewater (Oregon):

Quote: "Authorities say a burned body was found at a homeless camp in eastern Oregon. Firefighters and Umatilla County sheriff's deputies responded early Monday to the blaze under a bridge along the Walla Walla River in Milton-Freewater."

2017-05-22 - Underground electrical explosion and fire with blue flames hits coastal Queens (New York):

Quote: "Blue flames shot out of a manhole cover following an explosion in Queens, New York on Sunday night. Residents said they were on edge because the blast was so powerful it shook building and knocked out power in the area."

2017-05-22 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Syracuse (New York):

Quote: "A transformer inside an electrical vault under the sidewalk caught fire, said Glen Chandler, fire district chief for the Syracuse Fire Department. Several people heard an explosion and reported seeing black smoke billowing from the grates along the street."

2017-05-22 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Cayce (South Carolina):

Quote: "The Cayce Department of Public Safety says they are assisting the West Columbia Fire Department, the Columbia Fire Department, and the Lexington Co. Sheriff's Department with a large fire at American Scrap Iron and Metal."

2017-05-22 - Refinery damaged by explosion at 5:45 AM in Sasolburg (South Africa), 11 injured:

2017-05-22 - Tire recycling plant goes up in flames in coastal Compostela, Cebu (Philippine Islands):

2017-05-22 - NASA image shows vast burn scar from fire burning in Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia/Florida):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-23 - Duplex damaged by explosion and fire just before 7 AM in Commerce City (Colorado), two girls injured:

Quote: "Xcel Energy is working with the investigation to find a cause and there are signs that it was something similar to methane gas, which can occur naturally from decomposition and other outlets. Traces of the gas are limited to immediately around the property. Tests have shown there is no gas line leak. Vincel said there is no crime or malicious activity tied to the explosion, nor are nearby homes in any danger."

Quote: "Fire investigators and Xcel Energy crews are at a duplex in Commerce City after an explosion and fire sent two girls to the hospital. The girls, whose ages are 15 and 11, were rushed to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora after the blast. Their mother and father were home when the blast happened. They were not injured. Neighbors told CBS4 the girls were seriously burned. 'I saw the girls who had skin hanging off of their arms,' Randy Martinez, a neighbor, said."

Note: Just some methane getting into a home, exploding and burning the skin off some girls, nothing weird about that! This is the 162nd residential explosion in 2017...

2017-05-23 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame on the tarmac at airport in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Quote: "An engine fire aboard a United Airlines plane bound for San Francisco forced passengers to make an emergency exit at the Newark, New Jersey airport. The plane was United flight 1579. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said passengers evacuated from the Boeing 757 aircraft at Newark Liberty International Airport after flames were reported coming from the engine on the right side of the aircraft. In a video posted to Twitter, a passenger aboard the flight said he had to evacuate on the emergency slide, and flight attendants told him to run from the plane."

2017-05-23 - Small plane bursts into flame at airport in Gibb River area near Kununurra (Australia):

Quote: "The circumstances surrounding a plane that was destroyed after catching fire on a station in WA’s remote North West are being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The ATSB was examining an engine failure, which resulted in a fire on the ground involving Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 - VH-AJZ — in the Gibb River area of the Kimberley, between Derby and Kununurra, on April 22, 2017. During taxi after landing, the engine failed. While attempting to restart the engine, the pilot observed smoke and flames coming from the front of the aircraft. The pilot and passengers evacuated the aircraft. No one was injured but the aircraft was destroyed."

Note: These are the 42nd and 43rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-23 - Underground electrical fire blacks out area in Portland (Oregon):

Quote: "The outage was caused by a fire in an underground vault housing electrical equipment near Northwest Couch Street and Broadway, Gauntt said."

2017-05-23 - Utility pole bursts into flame in Woodbridge (Connecticut), 6 miles from the coast:

2017-05-23 - Landfill hit by mulch fire near coastal Vero Beach (Florida):

2017-05-23 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in coastal Marsascala on the island of Malta:

Category: Variety Pack

2017-05-24 - Small plane bursts into flame at airport in Centennial (Colorado):

Quote: "No one was injured after a small engine fire broke out Wednesday morning on a small plane in a ramp at Centennial Airport."

Note: This is the 44th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-24 - Wildfire rages through hundreds of homes in Siberia (Russia), state of emergency declared, 3 killed:

Quote: "Three people have been killed and hundred of homes destroyed as wildfires sweep Siberia. Russian officials declared a state of emergency in the Krasnoyarsk region on Wednesday."

2017-05-24 - Three scrap metal businesses go up in flames in Kukatpally, Hyderabad (India), nobody there:

2017-05-24 - Unknown odor sickens people at adult school in Pasadena (California):

Quote: "'Several people reported nausea. That triggered our response for a hazardous materials incident,' he said. Nine people at the adult school who reported feeling sick were examined, according to the chief. Most of the patients soon reported feeling better, but two continued feeling nauseous and were taken to a hospital."

2017-05-24 - Unknown odor sickens people at medical facility in Rootstown (Ohio):

Quote: "Nothing pointing to a cause of the odor was found, NEOMED spokesman Roderick Ingram said Wednesday. He said NEOMED police and outside emergency services were notified at about 9:50 a.m. that up to four people were feeling 'nauseous or light-headed' in the NEOMED Education and Wellness Center after detecting an 'unidentified odor.'"

2017-05-24 - Unknown odor hits address in Middletown (Delaware):

Quote: "Wednesday May, 24 2017 @ 09:29 Nature: Odor (Strange / Unknown) Location:Willow Grove Mill Address:328 Northhampton Way Middletown, DE 19709 Cross Streets:Hampshire Dr / Middlesex Dr"

2017-05-24 - Volcanic eruptions at Rincon de La Vieja (Costa Rica), Fuego and Santiaguito (Guatemala), Sinabung (Indonesia), and Piton de La Fournaise (Réunion):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-25 - Passenger bus bursts into flame and kills 9+ people on road in Bihar (India), 10+ injured:

Note: This is the 389th bus to burn in 2017...

2017-05-25 - Huge pallet fire erupts, fire spreads to 5 homes and some cars, in Stockton (California), evacuations ensue:

Quote: "Evacuations are underway due to a large fire burning in downtown Stockton, California, police said. Wood pallets ignited around 5:15 p.m at 2325 E. Weber Avenue, near B Street, the Stockton Fire Department said. The flames are threatening nearby homes, officials said. At least one home and four cars have burned in the blaze, according to LiveCopter3."

Quote: "Fire crews arrived to multiple homes, a warehouse and a pallet yard on fire, Stockton firefighters reported."

2017-05-25 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, 200 tons of scrap metal burns, near the River Ouse in Southerham (Britain):

Quote: "The A27 is likely to remain closed for most of the evening after 200 tonnes of scrap metal continue to burn near Lewes. The blaze started at around 7pm this evening at a recycling plant in Southerham."

2017-05-25 - Recycling center devastated by massive 6-alarm fire in the wee hours in the Port Lands area in Toronto (Canada):

2017-05-25 - Recycling center hit by fire at 4:20 AM, 3 tons of rubbish burn, in Thamesmead area in coastal London (Britain):

2017-05-25 - More than 20 vehicles and building go up in flames at 11:30 PM at car dealership in Grand Ledge (Michigan):

2017-05-25 - Underground coal fire burns, hole opens, swallows and kills two people, in Jharkhand (India):

Quote: "The next few moments passed in a blur. The earth under Rahim's feet suddenly gave way, and before they realised what was happening, the 12-year-old plummeted into a pit that spewed black, hot smoke. Babloo acted as any concerned father would, and jumped after him. They were not seen again."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-05-26 - Rotten egg odor sickens 40 students at school in Rockville (Maryland):

Quote: "Rockville spokeswoman Marylou Berg said in an email at 11:45 that several students complained of headaches and nausea. About 40 students were being evaluated on a medical bus and two are being transported to a hospital, according to Berg. She said fire crews recorded low to no levels of gas when conducting readings in the building."

Note: About 5 miles east (downwind) of the Potomac River...

2017-05-26 - Three students have 'medical emergencies', two lose consciousness, at school in Tigard (Oregon):

Quote: "Three students experienced medical emergencies Friday morning during a ceramics class at Tigard High School. According to Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, two students fainted and one felt lightheaded all around the same time."

2017-05-26 - Middle-aged woman collapses and foams at the mouth on street in Suqian (China), near Luoma Lake:

Quote: "Hyundai Express (Reporter Sun Xuhui at noon on May 24, Suqian city has a middle-aged woman, suddenly collapsed on the roadside, but also foaming at the mouth. Hyundai Express reporter learned that the police are busy in the vicinity of the timely rushed to the Rescue, and help her contact the family."

2017-05-26 - After 15 people die in the water in a week, swimming banned for six months in coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

Quote: "Pakistanis in the port megacity of Karachi have been banned from swimming in the sea for six months, authorities said this week, after a recent spate of drownings as residents sought relief from the scorching heat."

2017-05-26 - Mysterious explosions shake homes between 10:30 PM and 2 AM in Killeen and Temple (Texas):

2017-05-26 - Seven cars destroyed by fire at 2:39 AM while parked at car dealership in coastal Westerly (Rhode Island), 1 mile from the coast:

2017-05-26 - Car bursts into flame while parked at apartments, fire spreads to 11 more cars and some garages, in West Fargo (North Dakota):

Quote: "All told, there’s going to end up being at least 12 cars that have some sort of damage."

2017-05-26 - Electrical substation damaged by fire on School Road in Ruyton-XI-Towns, Shrewsbury (Britain):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-05-27 - Woman found burned to death in backyard at home in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

Quote: "Police said they're not currently looking for any suspects, and that the cause of death is currently unknown. They provided no other details."

2017-05-27 - Person found burned to death just before 6:30 AM near walking trail at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester (New York):

Note: The Genesee River wraps around this park. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2017-05-27 - Car goes up in flames and kills couple and daughter, 52, 50 and 24, near East Coast Road in coastal Kalpakkam (India):

Quote: "Three of a family were charred to death when the car in which they were travelling caught fire at Manamai near here late last night. The incident occurred at Manamai near Mamallapuram when the trio (a man, his wife and daughter) were returning to Chennai after visiting the place to take a look at a residential layout, police said. The car's engine was idling for some time when it caught fire, they added. The locals, who noticed the car catching fire alerted personnel of the Fire department and police."

2017-05-27 - Auto salvage business erupts in flame in Nashville (Tennessee):

Quote: "Cleanup has been underway at a Nashville business after a fire. Fire crews arrived at Hilltop Auto Salvage on Dickerson Pike around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the building."

2017-05-27 - Auto salvage yard goes up in flames on Eley Road in Edmonton area in coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "Twelve fire engines and 81 firefighters and officers tackled a scrapyard fire on Eley Road in Edmonton. Most of the scrapyard was damaged by the fire."

2017-05-27 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, eight cars burn, in Te Awamutu (New Zealand):

2017-05-27 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, along the Fraser River in coastal Delta (Canada):

Category: Other Stories Of Interest

2017-05-28 - At least 32 people have 'medical emergencies' at Sunset Music Festival in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2017-05-28 - Man has 'medical emergency' on bench near the White House in coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "A spokesman for DC Fire and EMS confirmed the medical emergency that brought a fire truck and ambulance to nearby Lafayette Park at that time. A man fell ill on a park bench across the street from the White House at 8:09 p.m. Sunday."

2017-05-28 - Boy pulled unconscious from swimming pool at home in Emerson (New Jersey):

2017-05-28 - Girl pulled unconscious from Avocado Lake in Fresno County (California):

2017-05-28 - Person has 'medical emergency' on the Canyon View Loop Trail in Whitewater (California):

Quote: "One person was airlifted out of the Whitewater hiking area Sunday afternoon after suffering a medical emergency. According to Cal Fire/Riverside County, crews responded to the Canyon View Loop Trail around 12:40 p.m."

2017-05-28 - Man goes into cardiac arrest on fishing ship near coastal Rhyl Harbour (Britain):

Quote: "Holyhead Coastguard Operations Centre alerted volunteers from Flint Coastguard at 1.16pm on Sunday afternoon to reports of man suffering a cardiac arrest onboard a local fishing vessel which was approaching Rhyl Harbour."

2017-05-28 - Passenger sickens on cruise ship 'Costa Pacifica' near the island of Batz (France):

Quote: "On 28 May, 2017 at 9:12 p.m. the CROSS Corsen was informed by the CROSS Gris-Nez that a passenger on the 'Costa Pacifica' had fallen ill. The ship was located 25 miles off the island of Batz. Following a telephone conference with the Maritime Medical Consultation Center (MCCC) in Toulouse, the SAMU Maritime Medical Coordination and the ship, the decision was made to evacuate the patient by helicopter."

2017-05-28 - Mysterious rumbling and booming alarms people in Nottingham (Britain):

Quote: "A loud 'booming' noise has been heard above Nottingham and people are desperate to find out what it was.  The unexplained noise has been described as a 'roaring' and 'rumbling' noise, which has happened every few minutes over night.  Many people have taken to Twitter to try and find out where it is coming from with one person saying: 'It sounds like the war of the worlds in Nottingham at the moment. Unknown catastrophically loud noise every two minutes.' People have been desperate to find out where the noise is coming from with one person claiming the noises occurred every one and a half minutes."

2017-05-28 - Arctic sea ice update:

2017-05-28 - Volcano Bogoslof erupts again in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska), aviation alert issued:

2017-05-28 - Magnitude 3.9 earthquake shakes volcano Bardarbunga (Iceland):

Category: Variety Pack

2017-05-29 - Person found burned to death in burned-out car at home near Streeter (North Dakota):

Quote: "He said the man’s friend went to the residence where the car and body were found to see if the man was OK. 'He (the friend) knocked on the front door (of the residence),' Kaiser said. 'When he went to leave he saw that the car was burned. He looked inside the car and saw what he thought was a body.'"

2017-05-29 - Passenger plane hit by burning smell and fumes and/or foul odor and/or 'smell of gas', plane makes emergency landing in Kansas City (Missouri):

Quote: "An Alaska Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale to Seattle was diverted to Kansas City International Airport Monday night after a burning smell and fumes were reported on the plane."

Quote: "The Alaska Airlines flight was traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Seattle when a foul odor was detected on board."

Quote: "The Alaska Airlines flight was traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Seattle when a gas odor was detected on board."

Note: Probably hydrogen sulfide getting into the plane as they flew through an invisible cloud of gas, which may have started an 'electrical fire' somewhere. They're lucky everyone in the plane didn't start spazzing out, losing consciousness and/or dying. This time. This is the 45th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-05-29 - Girl has seizure and man in his 50s has heart attack on same passenger plane, plane diverts to coastal Shannon (Ireland):

Quote: "According to the Irish Sun, the crew reported two passengers, a man and a young girl, needed medical help."

Quote: "The crew reported they had a male passenger in his late 50s suffering a suspected heart attack."

2017-05-29 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 6 AM, scrap vehicles and 4000 tires burn, in Fforestfach (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters are tackling a major blaze at a recycling unit in Swansea where waste, tyres, cylinders and scrap vehicles are alight. The fire at M & R Commercials in Felinfach industrial Estate, Fforestfach, started at about 06:00 BST on Monday."

Quote: "Over 70 firefighters are currently tackling the fire, which is now confirmed to be at a scrap yard."

2017-05-29 - Strong shallow magnitude 6.6 earthquake shakes Sulawesi Island (Indonesia):

2017-05-29 - Alaska's sea ice is melting unusually early, 'another sign Arctic is unraveling':

Quote: "The Arctic's record-warm winter has allowed thousands of square miles of sea ice off Alaska to melt more than a month early, leaving the shoreline vulnerable to waves and exposing dark ocean water to absorb more heat from the sun."

Quote: "The huge area of open water off the coast is something you would normally see in early July..."

2017-05-29 - Water is streaming across Antarctica, new survey finds liquid flow more widespread than thought:

2017-05-29 - Severe heatwave bakes France, people bust open hydrants to cool off:

Category: Variety Pack

2017-05-30 - Sewers found leaking hydrogen sulfide in Salem (Ohio):

Quote: "A section of Southeast Boulevard was closed for two hours Sunday evening after a resident reported the smell of natural gas. The Salem Fire Department responded to the 2200 block of Southeast Boulevard at 5:54 p.m. where a resident reported the smell of rotten eggs and sulfur. Firefighters found the smell coming from the sanitary sewer system and detected a high level of hydrogen sulfide."

Note: People are obviously confusing the smell of hydrogen sulfide with the odorant added to natural gas, as this event illustrates. This isn't the first time...

2017-05-30 - Man found dead and burning on lawn at 4:30 AM in Davenport (Iowa):

2017-05-30 - Gas station rocked by underground explosion and fire in coastal Barcelona (Spain), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2017-05-30 - Oil factory devastated by massive fire, fire spreads to homes, in Multan (Pakistan):

2017-05-30 - Laptop bursts into flame on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in Grand Rapids (Michigan):

2017-05-30 - Landfill erupts in flame near Poltava (Ukraine):

2017-05-30 - Three fire trucks and fire station destroyed by fire shortly after 2 AM in Gainesville (Missouri), nobody there:

2017-05-30 - NASA to release artificial clouds in the sky above the Maryland coast:

Category: Variety Pack

2017-05-31 - 'Strange smell' blows off the ocean and hits coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

Quote: "There is a strange smell in Karachi’s atmosphere today and all the residents of the city are talking about it over social media but no one knows the real reason behind the repugnant smell."

Quote: "I think secret agencies are experimenting something in Karachi. The smell in the air is annoying. Literally smells like shit."

Note: Karachi, where 15 people just died in the water at beaches within a week and so the government banned people from beaches for six months, mentioned in the 2017-05-26 update. Six months from now is almost winter though, so they've basically banned people from the beaches until next year...

2017-05-31 - Mysterious explosion accompanied by flash of light shakes homes around the coastal Bay of Islands (New Zealand):

Quote: "Residents in Oromahoe, Ohaeawai, Puketona, Kawakawa and Opua reported hearing what sounded like a loud explosion about 6.15pm on Sunday. Others reported a 'blinding flash' around the same time."

2017-05-31 - Multiple underground explosions/fires hit coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-05-31 - Electrical grid facility devastated by transformer explosion and massive fire in Odisha (India):

2017-05-31 - Transformer explodes and burns, fire ignites 2 parked cars, on Avenue C in coastal Bayonne (New Jersey):

2017-05-31 - Utility pole bursts into flame on Frome Road in Trowbridge (Britain):

2017-05-31 - Waste transfer station erupts in flame, fire gets big, in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2017-05-31 - Ethanol plant destroyed by explosion and fire in Cambria (Wisconsin), 1 killed, 13 injured:

2017-05-31 - Train bridge damaged by fire at 2:40 AM near DePue (Illinois):

Quote: "An early morning fire sent the Bureau County Sheriff's department to a steel and wood railroad bridge one mile east of DePue at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday morning."

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