Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 - DEC - Spotlight Stories

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2017-12-01 - Unknown odor hits hotel at 2 AM near airport in Morrisville (North Carolina):

2017-12-01 - Canals spewing foul odor in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "Phoenix residents are upset over a foul stench coming from Valley canals. Alyssa Shevlin lives along the canal near 7th Avenue and Camelback Road, and said there was an all-out foul stench coming from the water on Thanksgiving Day."

2017-12-01 - Whitley Reservoir emitting foul smell in Wigan (Britain):

Quote: "Political activists are calling for action after residents complained of a disgusting smell coming from the water at a little-known beauty spot. Whitley Reservoir, which is something of a hidden gem in the borough known mainly by those who live nearby and local birdwatchers, has been giving off a powerful stench which has alarmed residents."

2017-12-01 - Chemical plant explodes and burns in coastal Fuji (Japan), 1+ killed, 11 injured:

Quote: "At least one worker was killed and 11 others injured in an explosion and fire that broke out on Friday (Dec 1) at a chemical factory just a few kilometres from Mount Fuji in central Japan."

2017-12-01 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame during takeoff from airport in HolguĂ­n (Cuba):

2017-12-01 - Passenger plane hit by smoke after landing at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton (Ohio):

Quote: "A passenger jet was evacuated on the tarmac at Toledo Express Airport early Friday afternoon when one of its engines began smoking after landing, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority said."

Note: These are the 106th and 107th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-01 - Ten cars go up in flames while parked in parking lot in Birmingham (Alabama):

Quote: "Birmingham Fire says 10 vehicles caught fire in a parking lot explosion that occurred outside of Xtreme Soundz in the 7300 block of 1st Avenue North."

2017-12-01 - Eight cars go up in flames at 11:54 PM while parked at apartments, fire spreads to building, in Inglewood (California):

Quote: "A total of eight cars were burned during the fire as the flames spread to an apartment. Police said three to four units were 'badly damaged.'"

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2017-12-02 - Man found dead in burning car at 4:18 AM in St. Charles (Maryland):

2017-12-02 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in coastal Daytona Beach (Florida):

2017-12-02 - Tug vehicle bursts into flame at 5:24 AM at port in coastal Dovercourt, Harwich (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters were called to a Tug vehicle alight at the Port in Dovercourt. The vehicle, which is used to put the containers on and off the boats, was 25% alight when crews arrived."

2017-12-02 - College student, man, basketball player, has 'medical issue' during game, collapses, heart stops, resuscitated, in Raleigh (North Carolina):

Quote: "South Carolina State guard Tyvoris Solomon was rushed to a hospital Saturday afternoon after his heart stopped during the Bulldogs' 103-71 loss to NC State."

Note: It was a heartbreaking loss!

2017-12-02 - Man, 25, loses consciousness and almost dies while diving, resuscitated, near coastal Cairns (Australia):

2017-12-02 - Girl, 15, pulled unconscious from the water at coastal Waipatiki Beach in Napier (New Zealand):

2017-12-02 - 'Sky trumpet phenomena' heard in Pennsylvania:

2017-12-02 - Loud 'roaring sounds' heard in the sky along the Mississippi River at the Illinois/Iowa border:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-03 - Car goes up in flames just after 7 AM and burns 19-year-old man to death in parking lot in Chilliwack (Canada):

2017-12-03 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 100+ scrap cars burn, in Canton (Texas):

Quote: "Heavy smoke from a fire caused alarm for many residents in Canton over the weekend. More than 100 vehicles burned at a salvage yard, creating thick smoke that could be seen for miles. The Van Zandt Fire Marshal’s Office confirms fire units responded to a fire at Myers Auto Salvage near Hwy 64 Sunday around noon."

2017-12-03 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at trailer park in Filer (Idaho):

2017-12-03 - Santa's Grotto goes up in flames and sends Santa and two elves running in Woodbridge (Britain):

Quote: "Father Christmas and his two elves were forced to make a run for it after their grotto caught on fire."

2017-12-03 - Box truck bursts into flame on street in coastal San Francisco (California):

2017-12-03 - Flatbed truck and RV trailer destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM while parked at auto shop in coastal Goleta (California):

2017-12-03 - Cars and garage destroyed by fire at 2:30 AM at home in coastal Del Mar (California):

Quote: "A firefighter felt lightheaded and was also taken to the hospital as a precaution, DMFD said."

2017-12-03 - Two cars and home destroyed by fire in Slick (Oklahoma), nobody there:

2017-12-03 - Four cars and garage destroyed by fire at home in Davenport (Iowa):

2017-12-03 - Bicycle warehouse and 50,000 bicycles destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM in coastal Chachoengsao Province (Thailand):

Quote: "A fire gutted a large bicycle warehouse in Bang Pakong district early Saturday, destroying about 50,000 bikes and parts with damage of at least 30 million baht."

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2017-12-04 - Unknown noxious odor hits school in Detroit (Michigan):

Quote: "The all clear has been given at Cass Tech High School in Detroit after reports of a noxious odor. Detroit police and fire responded to the scene to investigate. Classes have resumed as normal."

2017-12-04 - RV goes up in flames and kills toddler girl near Twin Falls (Idaho):

Note: This is the 609th RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-04 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in Waterloo (Indiana):

2017-12-04 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal burns, in York (South Carolina), people warned to stay inside:

Quote: "Several residents in York County were asked to stay inside for some time Monday afternoon after scrap metal caught fire."

2017-12-04 - Rubber recycling plant hit by fire, big pile of rubber burns, in Chambersburg (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-04 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Turku (Finland):

Quote: "The aircraft Embraer ERJ-190 of Finnair landed by emergency in Turku airport after smoke odor on board. The airplane was en route from Helsinki to Swedish city of Gothenburg with 100 passengers on board, but during climbing passengers complained from smoke odor in the cabin. The aircraft diverted to Turku, where landed safely several minutes later."

Note: This is the 108th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-04 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Petco in coastal Poulsbo (Washington):

2017-12-04 - Brush fire breaks out, grows quickly to 10,000 acres and threatens homes in Santa Paula and Ojai (California):

Quote: "Officials say one person has died in an auto accident related to the fire, but did not give any details."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-05 - RV goes up in flames at 5:38 and kills person on Sugar Hollow Road in Demory area in LaFollette (Tennessee):

Quote: "Fire crews discovered a body inside an RV after extinguishing a fire at 148 Sugar Hollow Road in the Demory community early Monday morning. The Campbell County Rural Fire Service was dispatched to a fire that had been reported behind Demory Mart around 5:38 a.m., according to CCRFS Chief Daniel Lawson."

Note: This is the 611th RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 32 scrap vehicles burn, in Kirtland (Ohio):

2017-12-05 - Wildfire grows to 50,000+ acres near coastal Ventura (California), thousands of people evacuated:

Quote: "The wind-whipped fire exploded out of control overnight, burning more than 50,000 acres. More than 3,000 structures are threatened. Fire officials say 27,000 homes have been evacuated. The fire is at zero containment, and the burn area has almost reached the Pacific Ocean."

Quote: "By early Tuesday, the fire was burning at a rate of nearly an acre per second. At that speed, it would have covered Manhattan's Central Park in about 15 minutes."

Quote: "California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Ventura County due to the fire."

2017-12-05 - Wildfire breaks out before 4 AM, grows to 11,000+ acres, in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar (California):

Quote: "Amid Santa Ana wind conditions believed to be the worst in a decade, a brush fire broke out Tuesday in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar and quickly raced across thousands of acres, forcing more than a 100,000 people from their homes and closing a stretch of the Foothill (210) Freeway and scorching 11,000 acres."

2017-12-05 - Wildfire breaks out and burns 5,000+ acres in Santa Clarita (California):;-5-percent-contained/2741886/

Quote: "The blaze had charred approximately 200 acres by 10:45 a.m. and exploded to 5,000 acres by 3:15 p.m. Los Angeles County fire officials said containment is at 5 percent."

2017-12-05 - Wildfire breaks out and burns structures in San Bernardino (California), 2 critically burned:

Note: Good thing fire season is over!

2017-12-05 - Ten UPS trucks and vans destroyed by fire at 10:30 PM while parked at facility in Frederick (Maryland):

2017-12-05 - Two cars go up in flames while parked in parking garage at City Hall in Orlando (Florida):

Quote: "It’s unclear Tuesday afternoon what caused two cars to catch fire in a parking garage at Orlando City Hall."

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2017-12-06 - Several girls have unexplained seizures within a month at school in Price (Texas):

Quote: "While it may sound a bit bizarre, some high school athletes at Carlisle Independent School District are having seizures, and nobody knows why. Carlisle ISD Superintendent Mike Payne said five girls experienced seizures within the last month. One of them has epilepsy, but he said they cannot figure out why the other girls had seizures. 'This was kind of disturbing to us," he said. "You'd think that, well, they're in the peak of health.' According to Payne, doctors said they were healthy and well to continue with athletics."

2017-12-06 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns at 1:30 AM south of Carlsbad (New Mexico):

2017-12-06 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, near the Detroit River in Detroit (Michigan):

2017-12-06 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Aintree (Britain), 3 miles from the coast:

2017-12-06 - December wildfires of 300+ acres are rare in California:

Quote: "There are at least six active wildfires burning in Southern California right now.  That’s nearly the total of all large December wildfires from 2000 to 2015, according to Cal Fire statistics."

Quote: "If you look at the statistics below, they show a mere seven California fires that burned more than 300 acres when totaling December numbers from 2000 to 2015.  The second lowest months were January and February with 11 such wildfires."

Note: So in a sixteen-year span, there were just seven significant wildfires in December in California, total, and this month there have already been six, with 80% of December left to go...

2017-12-06 - California wildfire overview for all the major wildfires burning now:

2017-12-06 - Wine country wildfire costs top $9 billion, costliest in California history:

Quote: "October’s wine country wildfires are now the costliest in California history, with insurance claims pegged at $9.4 billion. The latest estimate Wednesday from the state Insurance Department means the wine country fires have vaulted past the Oakland Hills fire of 1991 as the most expensive in California fire history. Oakland Hills generated about $2.8 billion in claims, when adjusted for inflation."

2017-12-06 - F-18 fighter jet hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at Barksdale Air Force Base (Louisiana):

Quote: "Air Force officials confirm that an F-18 made an emergency landing Wednesday at Barksdale Air Force Base. Witnesses near the base reported seeing black smoke coming from the back of the jet as it landed."

2017-12-06 - Small plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal West Palm Beach (Florida):

Quote: "A small plane landed safely after a report of smoke in the cockpit, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The plane landed safely at Signature Aviation. Palm Beach International Airport spokeswoman Cassandra Davis said the plane, a Galaxy aircraft, landed without incident just before 2 p.m. Wednesday."

Note: These are the 109th and 110th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-06 - Seven cars destroyed by fire while parked at apartments, 10 more cars damaged, in Campbell (California):

Quote: "The fire destroyed seven vehicles and one carport, according to the fire department. Additionally, 10 vehicles and another carport were damaged."

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2017-12-07 - Unknown foul odor hits medical facility and sickens people in Rancho San Diego (California), 11 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Multiple patients were transported to a local hospital after complaining of a headache and nausea resulting from a foul odor at a Kaiser Permanente medical office in Rancho San Diego."

2017-12-07 - Unknown stench continues sickening people regularly in the wee hours in Ahwatukee (Arizona):

Quote: "The stench has bedeviled some neighborhoods for several months. 'My son woke up this morning throwing up. I woke up My wife woke up. It was just disgusting,' said Joe Lanzo, who said the stench in his neighborhood near Desert Vista High School seemed to start between midnight and 4 a.m. and hang until at least 9 a.m."

2017-12-07 - Man, around 60, found burned to death at 7:15 AM in burning clothing donation box in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "A body was found Thursday morning after a fire in a clothing donation box in the Uptown neighborhood on the North Side, according to Chicago Police. About 7:15 a.m., firefighters extinguished the blaze in the box in the 1500 block of West Wilson and discovered the body in the remains, police said. Area North detectives are conducting a death investigation."

2017-12-07 - Car goes up in flames and kills woman on road in Hosri (India):

Quote: "A woman died when a car caught fire under mysterious circumstances here on Thursday. Police sources said that a car was found burning on Tando Muhammad Khan Road in the limits of Hosri. However, a woman inside the vehicle was burned alive."

2017-12-07 - Small plane bursts into flame after takeoff then crashes on the island of St. Croix, all 5 aboard killed:

Quote: "Police Commissioner Delroy Richards told The Consortium that the aircraft, a private chartered plane, took off from the St. Croix airport and soon after starting experiencing engine problems, with flames coming from one of its two engines. The pilot circled back and attempted to land at the airport, but the plane crashed in a field area near the runway, leaving all occupants, including the pilot, dead, Mr. Richards said."

Note: This is the 111th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-07 - Numerous wildfires continue to rage in California, many homes destroyed:

2017-12-07 - Thomas Fire grows to 115,000+ acres near coastal Ventura (California):

2017-12-07 - Lilac Fire breaks out, destroys homes in retirement community, grows rapidly to 2500 acres, near Fallbrook (California):

Quote: "A brush fire driven by gusty winds that have plagued Southern California all week exploded rapidly Thursday north of San Diego, destroying dozens of trailer homes in a retirement community and killing race horses at an elite training facility. The fire expanded to 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) in a matter of hours and tore through the tightly packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook, known for its avocado orchards and horse ranches. At least two people were hospitalized with burns."

2017-12-07 - Brush fire breaks out, destroys home(s), grows rapidly to 300 acres, in Murrieta (California):

Note: So the above two fires makes at least eight significant 300+-acre fires in December in California so far this year. That eclipses the seven 300+-acre fires that burned in December in California in ALL of the sixteen years from 2000 to 2015. So instead of one such fire on average every two years or less, it's been more than one such fire on average EVERY DAY, which is more than a 70,000% increase over the 2000-2015 December wildfire rate in California. So wildfires are more than 700 times worse this year than normal in December in California, so far. I doubt the trend continues at that rate, but then again, if it DID continue at that rate, I wouldn't be shocked...

2017-12-07 - Brush fire breaks out in coastal Huntington Beach (California):

Note: Huntington Beach is where they formed a committee to investigate why their city is being hit by hydrogen sulfide, mentioned in the 2017-10-02 update...

2017-12-07 - Brush fire breaks out in coastal Oceanside (California):

2017-12-07 - Small brush fire breaks out in coastal Malibu (California):

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2017-12-08 - Unknown chemical odor sickens students at school on River Park Drive in Riverside (Missouri), 1 mile from the Missouri River:

Quote: "School leaders at Park Hill South High School, 4500 River Park Dr., decided to dismiss early Friday after a mysterious odor forced students and staff out of their classrooms and into the commons area."

Quote: "Six students who didn’t feel well from the chemical odor went home even before dismissal."

2017-12-08 - Foul odor hitting area on coastal St. Simons Island (Georgia):

Quote: "Residents of St. Simons Island have been complaining of foul odors around a major intersection. Utility officials point the finger at gases building up in the sewer pipes and leaking through a manhole in the road."

Quote: "Commission deputy director Andrew Burroughs says a high concentration of sulfides in the wastewater system is one of several possible causes for the strong odors. He says chemicals could be used to mask the smell or eliminate its source."

Note: That's almost certainly hydrogen sulfide. What else could it be? And masking the odor won't make it less poisonous, so that's no solution. The fact that it doesn't smell 'sweet' is good, since it must be low in concentration. The problem is that it's a heavier-than-air gas so it'll concentrate in ditches and basements or whatnot and then it could form lethal clouds of gas that then blow around and randomly strike people dead here and there. Even at low concentrations, it's not ideal, since nobody anywhere knows what regularly breathing even low concentrations of hydrogen sulfide does to people, but the effects surely aren't benign...

2017-12-08 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire in Salina (Kansas), blackouts ensue:

2017-12-08 - Electrical substation damaged by fire in Montreal (Canada), blackouts ensue:

2017-12-08 - Thomas Fire grows to 143,000 acres near coastal Ventura (California), 1 killed:

Quote: "Thomas Fire grows to 143,000 acres. Containment remains at 10%. The fire continues to move north into Los Padres National Forest. The fire has transitioned from a wind-driven fire to a fuels-driven fire, fire officials said at a Friday evening press conference."

2017-12-08 - Dump truck(s) and Public Works building destroyed by fire and explosions at 12:40 AM in White Cloud (Michigan):

2017-12-08 - Heavy truck destroyed by fire at 5 AM, Department of Transportation facility heavily damaged, in Vinton County (Ohio):

Quote: "Employees and some firefighters were able to evacuate the majority of the trucks and other equipment inside the garage, but one truck was destroyed."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-09 - Man, 25, found dead and burning near building in Fairview (Ohio):

Quote: "A dead man has been found behind a building off Central Parkway in Fairview on Saturday night. The man's body was badly burnt when he was found. Fire crews responded to a call to the location on reports of a fire. Crews discovered the man's body upon arrival."

2017-12-09 - Person found dead in burned-out car on Old Hastings Road in Ninety Six (South Carolina):

Quote: "The Greenwood County Coroner's Office is investigating after human remains were found in a burned car. Coroner Sonny Cox said his office was called to Old Hastings Road in Ninety Six around 5 p.m. on December 8. At the scene was a vehicle that had been completely destroyed by fire."

2017-12-09 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 3 AM and kills man in coastal Port Isabel (Texas):

2017-12-09 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame during takeoff at airport in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "The engine of a British Airways plane burst into flames while taking off a runway at an airport in Arizona, forcing the packed aircraft to make an emergency landing."

Note: This is the 112th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-09 - Huge mysterious explosion shakes homes across Pasco, Hillsborough and Polk Counties (Florida):

Quote: "Residents called government hotlines, and theories swirled online. Could it be military operations? An explosion? A meteor? Supersonic jets? Half a dozen government agencies all had the same answer Saturday: We don't know, but we didn't do it."

2017-12-09 - Biotech factory rocked by explosion at 2:20 AM in coastal Jiangsu (China), 2 killed, 7 injured:

2017-12-09 - Oil refinery damaged by explosion at 11:20 PM in coastal Bunbury (Australia), 1 injured:

2017-12-09 - Devastating wildfires are the new normal in California, says Governor Brown:

Quote: "Devastating wildfires have become 'the new normal' in California, Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday while touring Ventura County – the fire ravaged area where one woman was found dead."

Note: They'll get more devastating too. There's no real upper limit, or at least the upper limit is way beyond what human beings will be around to see...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-10 - Underground electrical fires and explosions hit Brighton area in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

Quote: "City fire officials say crews responded to the city’s Brighton neighborhood on Sunday morning for a report of a manhole explosion. Five Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority manholes were on fire, three of which exploded."

2017-12-10 - Refinery damaged by fire on coastal Bukom Island (Singapore):

2017-12-10 - Four heavy trucks and highway department building destroyed by fire in Sandisfield (Massachusetts), nobody there:

Quote: "A blaze has destroyed a Massachusetts town's highway department building, leaving the area without trucks for snow removal. Sandisfield Fire Chief Ralph Morrison said Sunday the building is a 'complete loss.' Four highway department trucks were lost in the fire. No injuries were reported."

Quote: "Just over a year ago, on November 20th, 2016, the town of Tolland which borders Sandisfield had their DPW headquarters destroyed in a fire. It left them in the same situation."

2017-12-10 - Several vehicles and barn destroyed by fire at 2 AM near Fort Calhoun (Nebraska):

2017-12-10 - Three cars, two mobile homes and metal building go up in flames at 11:01 PM in Fayette County (Texas):

Quote: "The fire damage was to a large metal building, 2 mobile homes, and 3 cars."

2017-12-10 - Pickup truck, RV trailer, horse trailer and barn destroyed by fire in Fruita (Colorado):

Quote: "The fire, which sent a plume of smoke into the sky, destroyed the hay barn as well as a pickup truck, camper and horse trailer Sunday."

2017-12-10 - Car, storage building and mobile home destroyed by fire in coastal Freeport (Florida):

2017-12-10 - Thomas Fire grows to 230,000 acres, burns toward coastal Carpinteria and Santa Barbara (California):

Quote: "The massive brush fire prompted evacuations for parts of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria Sunday morning as the blaze grew from 155,000 acres to 173,000 overnight, then hit 230,000 later Sunday. It also impacted electrical lines in the area, leaving at least 85,000 Santa Barbara residents without power."

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2017-12-11 - Man suddenly begins biting people on passenger plane after departing coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "A man biting his fellow passengers on a JetBlue flight forced the plane to divert to Las Vegas, where the man was taken into police custody. Passengers on the flight say that somewhere over Utah, the man suddenly began biting his seatmates – whom he apparently knew – and hitting others on a Sunday flight from Los Angeles International Airport to New York-JFK. Doctors on the flight tried to help by examining the passenger, but were also attacked. Another passenger said he jumped in to help restrain the man."

2017-12-11 - Toxic odor sickens man in Dannevirke (New Zealand):

Quote: "A Dannevirke businessman says a highly toxic odour wafting across his business yesterday made him sick and he was forced to close his business and tell staff to stay at home. 'I've been sick, vomiting, had diarrhoea and dizziness and it's because of the stinking, toxic stuff drifting over my business from the council's sewage ponds,' Ben Lund told the Dannevirke News yesterday morning."

Quote: "And although he thought the offensive smell was coming from the Tararua District Council's sewage ponds, the Dannevirke News has been told this isn't the case. But the council has offered no explanation for the odour, which was also smelled by district mayor Tracey Collis."

2017-12-11 - Methane and other chemicals found in the ground at housing project in coastal Chula Vista (California):

Note: As the clathrates dissociate off the West Coast, methane and other gases may migrate up through the ground along the coast in areas like this. That may result in ferocious fires, explosions, people sickening and/or dropping dead, land subsidence, etc...

2017-12-11 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, scrap metal burns, fire gets big, in Dallas (Texas):

Quote: "Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said Monday evening that the fire consumed a large pile of metal made up of various items such as cars, appliances and other scrap."

2017-12-11 - Auto salvage yard damaged by fire in Harvey (Louisiana):

2017-12-11 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 6:23 AM, six cars burn, in Newton Abbot (Britain):

Quote: "However, on arrival the officer in charge confirmed there were in fact 6 cars well alight at the scrapyard and requested a further fire appliance attend, which also came from Newton Abbot. At 07:06hrs this attendance was again increased by 2 fire appliances, which were mobilised from Torquay and Paignton, together with a Command Support Unit from Totnes."

2017-12-11 - Underground vault fire damages Stock Holding Corporation of India in coastal Mumbai (India):

2017-12-11 - The ten most destructive fires in California history:

Note: So three of the ten most destructive fires in California history have occurred since October 2017...

2017-12-11 - Thomas Fire burns toward the coast, celebrities sent fleeing, near coastal Montecito and Carpinteria (California):

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2017-12-12 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits Los Altos (California):

Quote: "The alarming odor of gas left some residents scrunching their noses in downtown Los Altos last week. The Santa Clara County Fire Department – joined by PG&E – responded to reports of the smell after receiving multiple calls beginning at approximately 8:32 a.m., according to department spokeswoman Luisa Rapport. 'Both County Fire and PG&E monitored the area for an hour and a half and never got any reading on their monitors,' she said of their failure to detect a gas leak."

Quote: "After 90 minutes, the smell dissipated and firefighters and PG&E cleared the scene. The cause remains unknown."

Note: Their detectors failed to detect anything because they were using natural gas detectors, not hydrogen sulfide detectors...

2017-12-12 - Person found burned to death in bathroom at motel in Bogalusa (Louisiana):

2017-12-12 - Major natural gas hub explodes and burns near Vienna (Austria), gas prices spike across Europe, 1 killed, 21 injured:

2017-12-12 - Metal recycling center rocked by explosion and fire, scrap metal burns, in coastal Cairns (Australia), 1 injured:

Quote: "A man has been taken to hospital after an explosion at a metal yard in Portsmith. The 41-year-old man was taken to Cairns Hospital and remains in a stable condition. Fire crews continue to battle a blaze engulfing scrap metal stockpiles at Sims Metal on Comport St."

2017-12-12 - Sheet metal and heating business destroyed by huge fire in Butte (Montana):

Quote: "A Butte warehouse went up in flames late Tuesday morning, destroying the building. The smoke billowing from Ray’s Heating & Sheetmetal on East Front Street was so thick that Butte firefighters who made the initial attack on the fire could not find the source of the flames."

2017-12-12 - Thomas Fire grows to 236,000 acres near coastal Santa Barbara (California):

Quote: "The Thomas Fire grew to 236,000 acres Tuesday and officials said they expect the blaze to continue to expand this week, according to a nightly update from Cal Fire."

2017-12-12 - Fire chief's command SUV bursts into flame on street in Rochester (New Hampshire):

Quote: "The Rochester Fire Department responded to a car fire involving one of its own Tuesday afternoon. Rochester Fire Chief Mark Klose’s new command vehicle, a black 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, ignited around 1:04 p.m. Tuesday while the chief was driving back to the fire station following a lunch break, according to Assistant Chief Mark Dupuis."

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2017-12-13 - Unknown 'gas odor' blows through northern Stark County and Canton (Ohio):

Quote: "A possible natural gas odor hung over parts of Canton and northern Stark County on Wednesday, prompting dozens of calls from concerned residents and puzzling investigators trying to pinpoint the cause. Dominion Energy Ohio technicians and city Fire Department personnel were not able to find any gas leaks."

Quote: "There were more people outside that were noticing it than inside. There was nothing we could find. Even though you could smell it, we couldn’t pick it up on our monitors."

Note: They couldn't pick it up on their detectors because they were using natural gas detectors, not hydrogen sulfide detectors...

2017-12-13 - Unknown odor hits school in Poland (Ohio):

Quote: "Students who were being taken to Dobbins Elementary School in Poland were diverted to the high school Wednesday morning because of a mysterious odor in the building."

2017-12-13 - Unknown cause sickens 17 people at plant in Athens (Tennessee):

Quote: "Officials say they may have ruled out carbon monoxide. The root cause has not yet discovered. McMinn County Mayor John Gentry described the incident as an 'exposure.'"

Quote: "The Athens Fire Department and Athens Utility Board went to the scene and tested the building for gas leaks and carbon monoxide. After multiple tests, no signs of any leaks were found."

2017-12-13 - Man, 55, ignites at gas station and later dies in Springfield (Missouri):

Quote: "The incident was caught on surveillance video, but officials said they can't pinpoint the cause."

2017-12-13 - Person found dead in burning car in Portales (New Mexico):

2017-12-13 - Person found dead in burning car in Roosevelt County (Texas):

2017-12-13 - Natural gas pipeline explodes into flame at 3 AM near Somerville (Texas):

2017-12-13 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns in coastal Karachi (Pakistan), 15 injured:

2017-12-13 - Pallet business heavily damaged by fire in Clinton County (Indiana):

2017-12-13 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Laverton North (Australia), 3 miles from the coast:

2017-12-13 - Landfill burns for 13 days in Pekan Nenas (Malaysia):

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2017-12-14 - Unknown 'gas smell' evacuates gym in Hamden (Connecticut), 3 miles from the coast:

Quote: "A gym in Hamden was evacuated on Thursday after patrons said they could smell natural gas. The Edge Fitness was evacuated around 2:30 p.m. Hamden Fire Department crews were called to the scene to investigate. Meters used to determine natural gas levels in the area reported nothing measurable, according to Gary Merwede of Hamden Fire. Officials do not know yet exactly where the smell was coming from."

Note: Well yeah, they're using natural gas detectors, and those are going to register nothing when it's hydrogen sulfide. The same thing happened the day prior in Stark County and Canton (Ohio), mentioned in the 2017-12-13 update, and the day before that in Los Altos (California), mentioned in the 2017-12-12 update. This is happening regularly now...

2017-12-14 - Mysterious explosion occurs, again, off the coast of West Bengal (India):

Quote: "A mysterious explosion was heard in West Bengal's coastal town Digha on Thursday afternoon, triggering panic among tourists and residents, police said."

Quote: "A couple of loud explosions were heard off the coast in Digha on August 26 that shattered window panes of some seaside hotels and cracked a few walls."

2017-12-14 - Underground gas line explodes and burns, blows street apart, in Kingfisher (Oklahoma):

2017-12-14 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Amarillo (Texas):

Quote: "The fire that filled the eastern sky with heavy black smoke this morning didn't cause any injuries but burned multiple vehicles and started a pile of tires on fire."

2017-12-14 - Landfill fire breaks out, again, in Bhandewadi (India):

2017-12-14 - Recycling center fire breaks out in coastal Mayfield West (Australia):

2017-12-14 - Thomas Fire grows to 242,500 acres, now 4th largest fire in California history, near coastal Ventura (California), firefighter killed:

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2017-12-15 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits widespread area, including Folsom, El Dorado Hills and Rancho Cordova (California), near Folsom Lake:

Quote: "Do you smell an odor of gas in your neighborhood? Several areas in and around Rancho Cordova and Folsom are plagued with an odor Friday, according to reports. Metro Fire officials said they have received calls about the smell of gas from various locations from Bradshaw Road in Rancho Cordova to Bass Lake Road in El Dorado Hills."

Quote: "PG&E has responded to 100 calls of the odor, but officials have determined that there are no apparent issues with any lines, crews said."

Quote: "The smell covered a 20-mile radius from Rosemont to Bass Lake and eventually into Folsom."

Quote: "'At this point we’re confident that there is no hazard, there’s no danger to the public (and) that the source is not in the area,' Vestal said."

Note: Confident that there's no hazard or danger to the public when the gas hasn't even been identified? It's probably just some poison gas blowing in off the ocean or oozing up from the ground and settling in this area. Nothing to worry about, unless you're one of those wanna-stay-alive types. Also, hydrogen sulfide and methane blowing in off the ocean will cause and/or exacerbate fires. Have there been any big fires in California lately? Oh yeah, and the 4th biggest fire in California history is still burning too, right along the coast. Last I checked, fires can be a hazard and a danger to the public. Ask all the dead people from the deadliest fires in California's history this year...

2017-12-15 - Unknown 'gas odor' continues hitting Canton and Stark County (Ohio):

Quote: "Canton City health department officials are trying to determine the source of an odor reported by nearly a dozen residents Friday morning. Terri Dzienis, administrator of Air Pollution Control at the Canton Health Department, and Linda Morckel, monitoring and inspections supervisor, were meeting about 10:30 a.m. to address the issue after the health department began receiving reports. Initially, they had heard reports of a natural gas odor in the city over the last few days, but the health department had not received any complaints until Friday morning. Reports of the smell also came in from as far away as North Canton and Jackson Township."

Quote: "Dominion Energy said it got more than 100 calls about a natural gas smell. Crews investigated, but could not find a smell or cause."

2017-12-15 - Man, 65, dies then collapses into fire pit at homeless camp in coastal Neptune (New Jersey):

Quote: "'He was dead before he burned,' he said, assuming the man suffered a sudden, acute problem before tumbling into the fire pit."

Note: So some hydrogen sulfide blows through, adsorbs into wood and other adsorbent matter (cardboard, paper, clothes, etc). Then when that wood or whatever is burned, breathing the smoke may cause immediate unconsciousness or death. If you're standing near a fire pit then into the fire you may go and then they find a charred corpse. It's basically the same scenario as the various firefighters who've had 'medical events' or dropped dead at the scene of fires. The easiest way to tell if smoke is lethal nowadays is to breathe some. If you don't have a seizure or 'medical event' or drop dead then the smoke was okay, or at least non-lethal. Dying instantaneously like this man did is called the 'Slaughterhouse Sledgehammer Effect', where you're dead before your body hits the ground. Deadly poisons that cause instantaneous deaths like this are called 'knockdown agents'. Hydrogen sulfide is one of them...

2017-12-15 - Man found dead in burning car at cemetery in St. Paul (Minnesota):

2017-12-15 - Ambulance helicopter bursts into flame at 7 AM while landing at school in coastal Tavernier (Florida), 600 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "An ambulance helicopter caught fire while landing in the Florida Keys Friday morning, officials said. The Trauma Star chopper was en route to Coral Shores High School for a trauma transport when it caught fire around 7 a.m., Monroe County officials said."

Note: This is the 114th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-15 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame in/near coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "A car caught fire Friday morning on Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade County. Sky 10 was flying above I-95 about 6:30 a.m. as heavy flames filled the car, which was stopped on the shoulder in the southbound lanes near Miami Gardens Drive."

Quote: "Another car fire a few miles north in Broward County was blocking all eastbound traffic on Pembroke Road near Palm Avenue."

2017-12-15 - Car bursts into flame near furniture business, fire spreads, business destroyed, near I-45 in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "A furniture store has been destroyed after a small car fire behind the building and off the property quickly spread and caused firefighters to pull a second alarm, according to the Houston Fire Department and the business owner."

2017-12-15 - Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes near coastal Jakarta (Indonesia), buildings collapse, 1+ killed:;-2-dead/2787907/

Quote: "A strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian capital Jakarta and other cities on the country's most populous island of Java, killing an unknown number of people. There were reports of collapsed buildings and authorities issued a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline after the quake struck. People ran out of buildings in panic in many areas and Indonesian television showed heavy traffic on roads as people left coastal areas. Deaths were reported, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the country's National Disaster Mitigation Agency. He could not immediately provide details on how many had been killed. There were also reports that buildings had collapsed in the city of Tasikmalaya in western Java and in several other districts."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-16 - Mysterious explosion alarms people at 5 AM in Bakersfield (California):

Quote: "Rocky Reyes lives on Niles and Fairfax, and was frightened when he heard the boom. 'Something's going on and nobody knows what it is and it's gonna be exposed soon because it's happening everywhere.' But until then, the mystery continues."

Note: It's already been exposed, but hardly anybody's paying attention. I imagine people will pay more attention once these explosions start destroying towns and cities...

2017-12-16 - Metal recycling and auto salvage business destroyed by huge blaze in coastal Elizabeth City (North Carolina):

2017-12-16 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-12-16 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Portland (Oregon):

2017-12-16 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Yuma (Arizona):

2017-12-16 - Thomas Fire becomes 3rd largest fire in California history, burns toward the coast, people flee:;-cost-at-$1039m/2788468/

Quote: "Santa Barbara County has issued new evacuation orders as a huge wildfire bears down on Montecito and other communities. The Office of Emergency Services announced the orders Saturday as winds pushed the fire close to the community, a wealthy enclave that’s home to Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities. The mandatory evacuation zone is now 17 miles (27 kilometers) long and up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) wide, extending from coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles to the ocean."

Quote: "The blaze has the potential to become the biggest fire in state history, as it is not expected to reach full containment until January 2018."

2017-12-16 - Since the Civil War, half of Southern California's largest wildfires have occurred in the last 15 years:

Quote: "California fires really are the new norm as five of the most destructive fires in the state's history happened in 2017 and a further 7 countries recorded their largest wildfires during this year."

2017-12-16 - California about to break record on firefighting costs with half the fiscal year left to go:

Quote: "California’s state firefighting agency is within days of spending more to fight fires in a single year than ever before, and the fiscal year still has six months to go."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-12-18 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits Kyle (Texas):

2017-12-17 - Chemical factory explodes and burns in coastal Mumbai (India):

2017-12-17 - Underground electrical fire breaks out, airport goes dark, in Atlanta (Georgia):

Quote: "At a media briefing Sunday night, Reed confirmed the outage was a result of a rare electrical fire in an underground Georgia Power substation at 1:06 p.m."

2017-12-17 - Underground electrical fire blows manhole cover off in Taunton (Massachusetts):

2017-12-17 - Passenger train engine bursts into flame near Kluang (Malaysia):

2017-12-17 - Passenger train bursts into flame at station in Bathinda (India):

2017-12-17 - Dump truck bursts into flame while parked inside road commission facility in Saginaw (Michigan), nobody there:

Quote: "Borchard said the truck that caught fire was not used Sunday, it was last used on Saturday. No one was in the garage in the 3200 block of Sheridan Avenue when the fire started."

2017-12-17 - Campervan bursts into flame at 11:52 PM while parked at apartments, fire spreads to another vehicle and building, in coastal Fort Walton Beach (Florida):

2017-12-17 - Car bursts into flame shortly after 4 AM while parked at home, fire scorches two homes, in Springfield (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A car burst into flames early Sunday morning, destroying the vehicle and damaging two nearby homes. No one was injured in the fire that happened shortly after 4 a.m. at 37-39 Mansfield St., said Dennis G. Leger, Springfield Fire Department spokesman."

2017-12-17 - Trucking business hit by fire, garage destroyed, in Brutus area in Weedsport (New York), nobody there:

Category: Variety Pack

2017-12-18 - Gas leak hits Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility, again, in Porter Ranch (California):

Quote: "In a community alert, the company said the leak occurred about 4:55 p.m. and didn’t pose any health risks, though it did produce a noticeable odor. But Andrew Krowne, a Northridge resident who developed a cellphone application for those within 18 miles of the facility to report health issues, said 34 people reported symptoms including headaches, nosebleeds, and burning of the eyes and throat."

Note: There's an odor, so this is not just natural gas or methane. If this is sour gas then it contains hydrogen sulfide, which will have an odor and cause those symptoms. If it's clean gas but has had methyl mercaptan added then the CDC says to treat methyl mercaptan as if it were hydrogen sulfide since it's made with hydrogen sulfide and has the same symptoms. It's one of the two or it would be odorless, so either way these people are being hit with poison gas, again...

2017-12-18 - Residents still sickening from hydrogen sulfide from well blowout in Missouri City (Texas):

Quote: "Despite assurances from state officials that air emissions from a recent oil well blowout in Fort Bend County pose no danger, residents say fumes from the spill are making them sick. 'Something is going on out here. I can't breathe. I'm coughing all the time and I feel like I'm smothering,' Coca Dawson said. A resident of nearby Quail Glenn subdivision, Dawson babysits her 2-year-old grandson during the week and voiced concerns he was also getting sick."

Quote: "Residents near the site complain of a foul smell that causes headaches, nausea and burning eyes, reportedly caused by Hydrogen Sulfide emissions from the blowout. Students and teachers at Blue Ridge Elementary School, located less than four miles from the site, have also reportedly voiced concerns about the air emission."

Note: Virtually identical symptoms as the people are experiencing in Porter Ranch...

2017-12-18 - Unknown odor evacuates school in Silsbee (Texas):

Quote: "Silsbee High School has been cleared and students are returning to class after an 'unfamiliar odor' caused an evacuation. Spokesman Daniel Elizondo said the building was checked by the Silsbee Fire Department and no leaks or other issues were found."

Quote: "Elizondo said the source of the odor is unknown, but it's been determined that isn't hazardous."

Note: You can't determine that a gas isn't hazardous unless you know what it is. You can SAY that you've determined that it isn't hazardous, but that's not the same thing at all...

2017-12-18 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits broad area in and around coastal Cardiff (Britain):

Quote: "The 'strong smell' of gas has been reported in Whitchurch, Cardiff, to Merthyr Tydfil, Nanatgarw and Pontypridd."

Quote: "Hundreds of people have reported a smell of gas across of wide area of south Wales. It seems to be located in Pontypridd and Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taff, but Wales and West Utilities received more than 700 calls from north Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil. South Wales fire service said checks at Treforest and Troedyrhiw industrial estates had not revealed anything. Wales and West Utilities said the smell was not from a leak in its network."

Quote: "Our engineers are visiting affected areas, but there are no readings of gas in the air and this smell has not been caused by a leak from our gas network."

Note: Calm down, people, it's not natural gas, it's just poison gas!

2017-12-18 - Foul odor emanating from sewers in Biwabik (Minnesota):

2017-12-18 - Mysterious explosions in the wee hours alarm people in coastal Swansea (Britain):

Quote: "Mystery surrounds a ‘loud explosion’ heard in part of Swansea. Tracy May reported hearing the loud bangs at around 1.30am in the Waunarlwydd area. She said: 'Does anyone know what the loud explosion sounds were early hours of this morning (01:30) near Waunarlwydd.'"

2017-12-18 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Edgerton (Britain):

2017-12-18 - Deadly fire rips through luxury hotel at 6:40 AM on the banks of Loch Lomond near Balloch (Scotland), 2 killed, 3 injured:

Quote: "Two people have died and three more were treated in hospital after a fire took hold in a luxury hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland. More than 200 guests were evacuated from the Cameron House hotel, near Balloch, as firefighters battled for about 12 hours to bring the blaze under control."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-19 - Mysterious explosion heard across three counties in Tennessee:,24911

2017-12-19 - Thomas Fire grows to 272,000 acres, becomes the second-largest wildfire in state history, near coastal Ventura (California):

2017-12-19 - Man wakes up to his arm on fire at 1:45 AM at home in Tupelo (Mississippi):

Quote: "La’Devin Allen woke up early Tuesday morning with his arm on fire."

Note: Was it his arm itself or did his clothing or bedding burst into flame?

2017-12-19 - Underground fire breaks out in tunnel in Riverside (California):

Quote: "Riverside city firefighters extinguished a fire that spewed smoke from an underground tunnel near Riverside City College on Tuesday evening, Dec. 19, officials said on Twitter."

2017-12-19 - Army bomb disposal van bursts into flame on the M1 near Tamnamore (Ireland), near the River Blackwater:

Quote: "An army bomb disposal vehicle caught fire as it was tasked to a scene by the PSNI. The MOD confirmed it was on the way to a scene and caught fire."

2017-12-19 - Auto shop and boat repair shop destroyed by huge fire in coastal San Diego (California), nobody there:

Quote: "Flames ripped through Diko's Auto Shop, and later spread to a boat repair shop on Wright Street, leaving the businesses in charred ruins. Workers in the auto shop rushed to take cars out, but the fire quickly overpowered their efforts."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-12-20 - Hydrogen sulfide almost kills man, employer never reported it, other coverups mentioned, in Saskatchewan (Canada):

Quote: "One moment, he was a 46-year-old hockey-playing oilfield worker connecting a hose to a valve at a rural Saskatchewan production facility in February 2014. The next, his face was sprayed with a mixture of oil, water and gas. He inhaled and swallowed it. His medical records show that soup was laced with hydrogen sulphide (H2S), a toxic gas that carries risks to the human body ranging from burning vocal chords and olfactory senses to causing instant death. Three years later, Crawford’s body struggles to complete its most basic tasks: chew food, swallow, taste, smell, speak properly, breathe clearly and sleep soundly."

Quote: "A corrosive gas that is fatal to humans in high concentrations is a non-toxic substance under Canadian environmental law, say federal researchers in a new proposal. Staff at Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada came to this conclusion in a draft assessment of hydrogen sulfide, published in September. The proposal found that the gas, also known as H2S or sour gas, does not enter the environment in quantities, concentrations or conditions 'that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.'"

Quote: "Their conclusion is at odds with the substance’s track record — in the last five years alone, H2S has killed at least one oilpatch worker, sickened dozens of others and left livestock dead in a pasture in a small corner of Saskatchewan."

Note: Someone should fill a room up with H2S at 1 part per thousand concentration (0.1 percent hydrogen sulfide) and anyone who wants to call it non-toxic can go into that room for five minutes. Then the room can be cleared and their corpse can be dragged out. And after every corpse is dragged out, someone can say, 'Anyone else think hydrogen sulfide is non-toxic? Don't be shy, step right up!' I bet they'd run out of people willing to claim it's non-toxic real fuggin' fast...

2017-12-20 - Unknown 'sulfur odor' continues hitting Ahwatukee (Arizona), broad city probe launched:

Quote: "City and county officials have launched a coordinated effort to track down the source of an on-again, off-again stench that returned to Ahwatukee with a vengeance late last week. Led by city Office of Environmental Programs, several Phoenix departments are working with freeway developer Connect202Partners, Southwest Gas and the Maricopa County Air Quality Department to track the odor that has been plaguing a portion of Ahwatukee intermittently since August. 'You can’t even go outside,' complained Ahwatukee resident Joe Lanzo on Saturday, Dec. 16. 'It is actually seeping through the walls like a large sulfur smell.'"

Quote: "Three weeks ago, during the previous air quality alert, the stench was so bad that Lanzo said his son woke up vomiting."

Note: If he keeps breathing that gas then eventually that boy won't wake up at all...

2017-12-20 - 2017 was the year of the wildfire:

Quote: "One of the biggest climate stories of the year was the seemingly never-ending stream of disastrous wildfires that engulfed the West."

2017-12-20 - A look at the many fires that have burned this year in coastal Mumbai (India):

Quote: "Is Mumbai burning? As Khairani Road fire claims 12 lives, a look at major infernos this year..."

Note: Mumbai's on the west coast of India, so it's sort of like the capital of the California of India. All areas on the west coasts of bodies of land will get hit by gases emanating from the body of water west of them, and that will cause fires. For California, that's the Pacific Ocean. For Portugal and northwest Spain that's the Atlantic Ocean. For Mumbai and the west coast of India that's the northern Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea. All of those places have been hit by severe fires this year. Obviously these fires will continue to worsen as time goes on and this extinction event progresses...

2017-12-20 - Car goes up in flames and kills 34-year-old man at Walmart in Devils Lake (North Dakota):

Quote: "Emergency officials in Devils Lake are investigating after a body was found inside of a burning car outside the Walmart parking lot. A representative with the Devils Lake fire department says they were called out to the scene around 5:40pm Wednesday. When firefighters arrived the car was fully engulfed in flames."

2017-12-20 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills man in Myakka City (Florida):

2017-12-20 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Stourport (Britain):

2017-12-20 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, cars and car compactor burn, in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2017-12-20 - 29 vehicles and three businesses go up in flames at 4:27 AM in Frederick (Maryland), 300 feet from Carroll Creek:

Quote: "A fire that appears to have started in a Frederick auto repair shop early Wednesday morning damaged three businesses and 29 vehicles, according to Frederick County fire officials."

2017-12-20 - Volcano Bezymianny erupts mightily, spews ash 15+ kilometers into atmosphere, on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at gym, fire spreads to gym, in Jecheon (South Korea), 29+ killed, 29+ injured:

Quote: "The inferno appears to have started from a vehicle in the basement parking lot of the gym, located in the Southern city of Jecheon, according to local outlets. What exactly sparked the fire however, is unclear."

Quote: "A vehicle in the first-floor parking garage seemed to be the source of the blaze, the state-run news outlet Yonhap reported, citing local fire officials; the fire then appears to have spread through the building that housed a gym, restaurant and public sauna."

2017-12-21 - Van bursts into flame before 6:12 AM while parked inside dealership in Retford Township (Michigan):

Quote: "The fire broke out inside of a service area at Pat Milliken Ford on Telegraph Road just south of Plymouth Road in Redford Township. Owner Brian Godfrey said a night guard called 911 after commercial cargo van caught fire in the garage."

2017-12-21 - SUV bursts into flame while parked near church in Mountain Home (Arkansas):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame at 1:07 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to 2 more vehicles and home, in Beverly Hills (Florida):

Quote: "A vehicle fire spread to a Beverly Hills home early Thursday morning, destroying several vehicles and much of the residence. Firefighters with Citrus County Fire Rescue were dispatched at 1:07 a.m. to 25 N. Melbourne St., where crews from the Pine Ridge Station arrived at 1:14 a.m. to find three vehicles on fire within a few feet of the house, which was already partly on fire, according to a fire rescue report."

2017-12-21 - Several cars, two motorcycles and quad bike destroyed by fire shortly after 4 AM while parked inside garage in Banbury (Britain):

Quote: "Two motorbikes, a quad bike and several cars were destroyed in a garage fire in Appleby Close in the early hours of this morning, Thursday."

2017-12-21 - Three cars go up in flames at 1 AM while parked on Bazes Shaw in New Ash Green (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark in Keynsham (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Car bursts into flame at 4:44 AM while parked in carpark on Street Road in Glastonbury (Britain):

2017-12-21 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 4:30 AM while parked in Buchanan (Tennessee), nobody there:

Note: All vehicles are now randomly-igniting firebombs that can go off at any time, parked or driven, so park a vehicle near anything that you don't want to see on fire at your own risk...

2017-12-21 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in College Station (Texas):

Quote: "A United plane that departed IAH was forced to make an emergency landing in College Station Thursday night after smoke was reported on board the aircraft."

Note: This is the 115th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-21 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits the East Village in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-12-21 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-22 - Thomas Fire grows to 273,400 acres, becomes largest fire in California history, near coastal Ventura (California):

Quote: "The Thomas Fire has now burned more acres than any previous wildfire on record in California, and there are no signs of a pattern change that would deliver beneficial weather for battling the blaze."

Quote: "On Friday evening, CalFire reported that the Thomas Fire has grown to 273,400 acres and was 65 percent contained."

2017-12-22 - Oil site rocked by explosion and fire near Windsor in Weld County (Colorado), 1 injured:

2017-12-22 - Recycling center fire breaks out in coastal Huntington Beach (California):

2017-12-22 - SUV bursts into flame at 2:15 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Lawrenceville (Georgia):

Quote: "A family of five was displaced after a fire that started in an SUV spread to their house early Friday, a Gwinnett County fire official said."

2017-12-22 - In separate incidents, within an hour, two cars burst into flame on the M54 near Telford (Britain):

Quote: "Fire crews from Albrighton and Telford were called to a fire on the eastbound carriageway between junction 3 and junction 2 at around 9pm on Friday. One saloon car was found to be well alight and fire fighters took 30 minutes to extinguish the flames. Just an hour after leaving the scene firefighters were called once again after a second car caught fire on the westbound carriageway between junction 2 and 3."

2017-12-22 - Eleven cars go up in flames while parked at shopping center in Croydon (Britain):

2017-12-22 - Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club heavily damaged by fire in coastal Melfa (Virginia):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-23 - Woman found dead in burning car at 2:30 AM on railroad tracks along the Fox River in Kaukauna (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Around 2:30 a.m. police say the Kaukauna Fire Department was headed to a possible fire on the Fox River near Holly Court. When they made it to the scene they found a car on fire on the railroad tracks along the Fox River with skeletal remains inside. Officials say the tracks are not in use."

Quote: "The person inside likely died in the fire, said Lt. Joe Resch. The car had not been hit by a train."

2017-12-23 - California’s 2017 foreshadowing of the monster fires to come:

2017-12-23 - Deadly fire rips through shopping mall in coastal Davao (Philippine Islands), 37 killed:

Quote: "Thirty-seven people were believed killed in a fire that engulfed a shopping mall in the southern Philippines city of Davao, the local vice-mayor said on Sunday. A bureau of fire protection commander at the scene said the chances of the 37 surviving were 'zero', according to Paolo Duterte, the vice-mayor, who is also the president’s son."

2017-12-23 - Zoo damaged by fire at 6 AM in coastal London (Britain), aardvark killed, 4 meerkats presumed dead:

2017-12-23 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

2017-12-23 - Transformer explodes and burns, ignites two cars, in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

2017-12-23 - Transformer explodes and burns in Kearny Mesa (California), near the coast, blackouts ensue:

2017-12-23 - Utility pole bursts into flame in Woods Cross (Utah):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-24 - Mysterious explosions regularly alarming people in Desert Hot Springs (California):

2017-12-24 - Fireworks explosion injures 39+ people in Remedios (Cuba), 3 miles from the coast:

2017-12-24 - Landfill fire erupts in Kelowna (Canada):

2017-12-24 - RV bursts into flame while parked at home on Green Tree Avenue in Decatur (Illinois):

Note: This is the 640th RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-24 - Van bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Wichita (Kansas):

Quote: "The Wichita Fire Department is on the scene of a garage fire in the 500 block of north Clara Ave on Sunday morning. The Battalion Chief says the fire started in the van that was parked in the driveway. They don't believe it was running at the time. The fire spread to the garage, causing damage to the outside including the roof."

2017-12-24 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Pullman Square in Huntington (West Virginia), 500 feet from the Ohio River:

Quote: "A car fire Sunday in the Pullman Square parking garage in downtown Huntington caused a brief evacuation of Marquee Cinema and some restaurants and stores near the theater on Christmas Eve."

2017-12-24 - Car bursts into flame at 2:17 AM while parked in carpark at business on Webbs Lane in Middlewich (Britain):

2017-12-24 - Car bursts into flame at 6:25 AM while parked in driveway at home on Kinross Road in Lillington (Britain):

2017-12-24 - Car bursts into flame while parked in driveway at home on Peel Drive in Bacup (Britain):

2017-12-24 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked on Lake Perris Drive near Lake Perris (California):

Category: Variety Pack

2017-12-25 - RV goes up in flames and kills person in Laughlin (Nevada), 1650 feet from the Colorado River:

Quote: "The discovery of a body inside a recreational vehicle in the 10000 block of Aha Macav Parkway on Friday evening is being investigated by the Clark County Fire Department. Fire department personnel arrived to find the RV on fire."

Note: This is the 640th RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-25 - Car goes up in flames and kills man on Park Road in Ravensthorpe (Britain), 675 feet from the River Calder:

2017-12-25 - Boy's clothes ignite and burn him at home in coastal Newport News (Virginia):

2017-12-25 - Atmospheric methane levels continue rising:

Quote: "A new study by the Norwegian Environment Agency has indicated a record high concentration of methane in the atmosphere, which may have far-reaching consequences, the national broadcaster NRK reported."

2017-12-25 - Passenger bus moves on its own, brakes fail, bus crashes down stairs, in Moscow (Russia), 5 killed, 15 injured:

Quote: "The driver of the bus, who was detained earlier in the day, said as quoted by the Russian Investigative Committee that 'the bus, while being at the bus stop, suddenly began to move on its own. At the same time, despite his attempts to stop the bus, the braking system malfunctioned and the bus continued to move.'"

2017-12-25 - Girl, 7, loses consciousness and foams at the mouth in lagoon in coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "Christmas Day disaster as a girl, 7, is found unconscious and foaming at the mouth in the water at a Sydney beach - a year after a man died at the same lagoon."

2017-12-25 - Woman pulled unconscious from the water at beach in coastal Wellington Point (Australia):

2017-12-25 - Man pulled unconscious from the water at beach in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2017-12-25 - Man in his 20s found unconscious and ill in ditch on Park Lane in Merrow, Surrey (Britain):

Category: Variety Pack

2017-12-26 - Sulfur odor blows in off the ocean and hits the coast in and around Manhattan Beach (California):

Quote: "Two days before Christmas reports of a natural gas leak spread throughout the South Bay. Calls went out to 911 emergency services in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach."

Quote: "Professors Doug Capone, PhD, and Jed Fuhrman, PhD, said what people might be smelling is hydrogen sulfide associated with several possible sources such as oil seeps or rotting seaweed."

Note: I'm sure that IS what it was. And as time goes on, these 'odor events' are happening more frequently as the ocean warms and as life dies off in the ocean and as the ocean becomes more polluted and landfill-like. The concentration will rise over time as well. Heck, you might see California start getting hit by monstrous wildfires too, since hydrogen sulfide is extremely flammable. Oh right, California is being hit by monstrous wildfires now. Eventually entire towns will start going up in flames and entire towns of people will start dropping dead, or having 'medical events', or going insane from brain damage, etc. That's just a matter of time now. These increasingly common 'odor events' are harbingers of much worse things to come...

2017-12-26 - Hydrogen sulfide leaks from floor drain at business in Iron Mountain (Michigan):

Quote: "Iron Mountain firefighters were called at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a possible natural gas odor at a business on the 1400 block of South Stephenson Avenue. They determined the odor was sewer gas coming from a floor drain and there was no problem, so they returned to the station at 4:40 p.m."

Note: 'Just poison gas spewing from the drain, folks, no problem. We'll be, uhhh, way far away from here if someone dies or you need us for a medical emergency!'

2017-12-26 - Woman, 50, found burned to death outside her home in coastal Thiruvananthapuram (India):

2017-12-26 - RV goes up in flames just before 2 AM and kills man while parked in coastal Cocoa (Florida):

Quote: "A man was killed after flames broke out in an RV in Brevard County Tuesday morning. Brevard County fire and rescue crews along with Cocoa Fire responded to the blaze just before 2 a.m. Officials said the fire along State Road 520 and Penny Lane was heavily involved."

Note: This is the 642nd RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-26 - Transformer explodes and burns at substation in Cleveland (Ohio), blackouts ensue:

2017-12-26 - Wind turbine bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, near Woodward (Oklahoma):

2017-12-26 - Utility pole bursts into flame near Reading Lake (Kansas), blackouts ensue:

2017-12-26 - Coal mine rocked by methane explosion in Samangan (Afghanistan), 5 killed, several injured:

2017-12-26 - Around 150 homes destroyed by fire just after 4 AM in coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-27 - Man bursts into flame and burns to death on street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "A man has died after he burst into flames on a street in Hull, England on Wednesday, two weeks after London police issued a call for witnesses of another similar incident."

Note: Possibly the least surprising city on the planet for a person to burst into flame and burn to death. The guy that burst into flame and burned to death on a street in coastal London wasn't too surprising either though...

2017-12-27 - Man, 28, found dead and on fire in wooded area in Houston (Texas):

Note: 2200 feet from Sims Bayou and about 6 miles from the coast...

2017-12-27 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in Florence County (South Carolina):

Quote: "Some residents said they heard what they believe to be a loud explosion Wednesday night near the Mars Bluff community of Florence County. A couple of people said they heard a loud boom, following by their houses shaking."

2017-12-27 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap vehicles burn, on Princes Way in Bridgend (Britain), 4 miles from the coast:

2017-12-27 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Loudhams Wood Lane in Little Chalfont (Britain):

Quote: "Wednesday 27 December, 8.25am Fire in underground power cable, Loudhams Wood Lane, Little Chalfont. One appliance and crew from Amersham attended. Firefighters used a dry powder extinguisher."

2017-12-27 - Recycling center erupts in flame in La Crosse (Wisconsin):

2017-12-27 - FedEx cargo plane reports fire on board, makes emergency landing at airport in Dayton (Ohio):

Quote: "A FexEx cargo plane safely landed at Dayton International Airport following a report of a fire on board the plane, according to an airport spokeswoman."

Note: This is the 116th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-27 - Box truck bursts into flame while parked inside business, fire spreads to business, in Lincoln (Nebraska):

Quote: "As of now, investigators believe the fire was started in a box truck parked inside the warehouse, and investigators say it was an accident. The damage estimates are up to 3.5 million dollars."

Note: People still park vehicles inside businesses?!

2017-12-27 - Minivan bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home in Casper (Wyoming):

2017-12-27 - Five cars destroyed by fire at 1:30 AM while parked at home in Tucson (Arizona):

Note: People still park vehicles near homes?!

Category: Variety Pack

2017-12-28 - Unknown 'gas odor' hitting Middle Falls and Greenwich (New York):

Quote: "Firefighters and the state Department of Environmental Conservation are trying to find the source of a natural gas smell that has been reported in the Middle Falls area in recent days. Firefighters from Middle Falls and Greenwich have been called out in recent days by people who noticed the odor. The Washington County Department of Public Safety and Middle Falls Fire Department posted about the situation on Facebook on Friday morning, telling readers that it has responded to calls about the odor, but not located the source. The smell has been most evident in the early morning, when air is heaviest and coldest, keeping vapors from rising."

2017-12-28 - Car goes up in flames and kills man and woman on Rock Lick Creek Road in Jackson County (Kentucky):

2017-12-28 - Car goes up on road and kills woman in her 30s on Hixberry Lane near St Albans (Britain):

Quote: "Police have confirmed that the body found at the scene of a burning car was a woman in her 30s. Officers were called to Hixberry Lane, just outside St Albans, yesterday (Thursday, December 28) at 9.33am to reports of a car 'well alight' and discovered the body. Investigators are not treating the death as suspicious at this stage and a file is being prepared for the coroner."

Note: Excellent, it's always best when people burn to death unsuspiciously!

2017-12-28 - Mysterious explosion alarms people from Potters Bar to St Albans (Britain):

Quote: "Described by some as sounding like an 'explosion', it was heard by residents in Cranborne Road, Southgate Road, Sunnybank Road, Oakmere and Little Heath, with one person claiming it even reached St Albans. A police spokeswoman told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that they had received no official reports last night. Some people claimed on social media that it may have been a sonic boom, but a Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed no operations were being held in the area last night."

Note: St Albans, where that woman burned to death in her car...

2017-12-28 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in North Knoxville (Tennessee):

2017-12-28 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Beverly (Massachusetts):

2017-12-28 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in coastal Santa Barbara (California):

2017-12-28 - Electrical substation damaged by fire on High Street in Henley-in-Arden (Britain):

2017-12-28 - AC unit bursts into flame at stadium fire spreads to stadium, in coastal Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic):

2017-12-28 - Deadly fire rips through commercial building at 1 AM in coastal Mumbai (India), 15+ killed, 12+ injured:

Note: Just discussed the many fires that having been burning Mumbai, in the 2017-12-20 update...

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-29 - Fire-related deaths on the rise in Iowa:

2017-12-29 - Fire-related deaths on the rise in Minnesota:

2017-12-29 - Volunteer fire department and public works building goes up in flames in Glennville (Georgia):

Quote: "The public works and volunteer fire department burst into flames shortly after lunch."

2017-12-29 - Electrical substation damaged by fire on North Sea Lane in Humberston (Britain), 2000 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "North Sea Lane, Humberston. Fri 29 Dec 2017 17:22 (No:27891) Small electrical sub station involved in fire. 2 dry powder extinguishers in use and Thermal Image Camera. Power supply isolated and left in care of electricians."

2017-12-29 - Transformer explodes and burns at 5 AM, ignites apartment building, in coastal Pattaya (Thailand):

2017-12-29 - SUV and car go up in flames while parked at home in Napoleon (Ohio), 1000 feet from the Maumee River:

2017-12-29 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, two cars and home destroyed by fire too, in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "Around 4:00am HFD responded to a car fire and found heavy flames coming from a pickup truck and a house, which eventually spread to two more cars. According to the Home Owner, he and his wife and another adult male were all asleep inside, when the wife heard the alarm on the pickup truck. They looked out and saw the pickup truck on fire under the carport, next to the house. All three got out safely, and they stated how quickly it spread. It caught the house on fire and two other vehicles. The house is a total loss. No injuries. Lots of flames."

Note: I guess they didn't hear my warning not to park vehicles near homes! Well, maybe next home...

2017-12-29 - Six cars go up in flames while parked at the Port of Galveston in coastal Galveston (Texas):

2017-12-29 - Four-wheeler bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads to garage, in Clinton (New York):

Quote: "A garage was heavily damaged by fire Friday night after a four-wheeler inside it caught fire."

Category: Variety Pack

2017-12-30 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in Ribble Valley, Hapton and Colne (Britain), near the coast:

2017-12-30 - Dump truck bursts into flame while parked at facility in Newburgh (New York):

2017-12-30 - Car bursts into flame shortly after 1:30 AM at home in Red Wing (Minnesota), 1 injured:

Quote: "Emergency responders received a report shortly after 1:30 a.m. Saturday of a vehicle fire next to a home in the 1400 block of Bush Street. Firefighters arrived at the scene in less than four minutes and began battling the blaze to prevent it from spreading to the house. At the same time, firefighters searched the vehicle and discovered an unconscious person in the driver's seat. They pulled the victim from the vehicle."

Note: Driver almost became yet another charred corpse found in a burning vehicle, which is an increasingly popular way to die...

2017-12-30 - Lawnmower bursts into flame at 11:12 PM while parked in shed at home in coastal Goole (Britain):

Quote: "Hook Road, Goole. Sat 30 Dec 2017 23:12 (No:27951) Lawnmower on fire inside shed. Fire confined to items inside shed, only heat damage to door. One hose reel in use."

2017-12-30 - High-rise apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Manchester (Britain):

2017-12-30 - Man, around 61, has 'medical episode' and collapses face-down in the Shoalhaven River in coastal Shoalhaven Heads (Australia):

Quote: "A man, believed to be approximately 61 years of age was found in the Shoalhaven River after he suffered a medical episode."

Quote: "When the pair made their way to the beach they saw the man face down and appeared to be suffering from a fit."

2017-12-30 - Record-breaking natural disasters from around the world in 2017:

Category: Variety Pack

2017-12-31 - Fireworks barge ignites and explodes in coastal Tarregal (Australia), 2 lightly injured:

Quote: "A fireworks display has gone awry on the New South Wales Central Coast, with a barge catching fire and a beach evacuated. The 9pm fireworks in Terrigal took a turn for the worst when the barge full of fireworks exploded. Witnesses said thousands were evacuated when the fire broke out."

Note: Ending the year with a bang! This is the 1103rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-31 - Waterfront carpark hit by fire, 1400+ cars (!) destroyed, in coastal Liverpool (Britain):

Quote: "A fire has destroyed all the vehicles in a 1,600-capacity multi-storey car park in Liverpool, police have said."

Quote: "At least 1,400 vehicles have been destroyed and around 80 horses evacuated after a fire at a car park next to the Liverpool Echo Arena."

Quote: "Police said all vehicles in the 1,600-capacity car park are destroyed and it appeared to be almost full."

Quote: "If your car is parked in the Liverpool Waterfront car park please don’t come to Exhibition Centre Liverpool or on site to report it."

Note: There've been at least a couple of fires where more cars went up in flames, but they were junk cars burning at salvage yards. Well, there was the massive explosion and fire that destroyed more than 6000 vehicles in coastal Tianjin (China), but aside from that, this is by far the biggest non-junk car fire so far...

2017-12-31 - John Deere dealership destroyed by fire in Elgin (North Dakota):

2017-12-31 - Landfill fire breaks out at 3 AM on the outskirts of Tucson (Arizona):

2017-12-31 - Transformer bursts into flame at 2:30 AM, ignites apartment building, in Yeadon (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-31 - Huge New Year tree destroyed by massive fire in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Russia):

2017-12-31 - Methane leaking from the ground near home and nobody can do anything about it, in Ponca City (Oklahoma):

Quote: "An explosive gas surrounds an Oklahoma home and no one can figure out where it came from or how to stop it. In the meantime, thousands of dollars in state resources were spent over the past five years only to find there is no answer which is leaving a family living in fear."

2017-12-31 - Woman, 32, has seizure in swimming pool at water park in coastal Oxenford (Australia):

Quote: "Earlier this morning, a 32-year-old woman was pulled from a pool area at Wet’n’wild Water World in another near-drowning accident. An ambulance spokeswoman said the woman appeared to have a medical episode, believed to be a seizure, while swimming and was treated by paramedics on scene."

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