Friday, June 1, 2018

2018 - MAY - Spotlight Stories

Category: Variety Pack

2018-05-01 - Unknown odor evacuates school in Binghamton (New York):

Quote: "The spokesperson says the source of the smell was not discovered, but that crews did not find any issues with the building."

2018-05-01 - The methane time bomb and the future of the biosphere:

2018-05-01 - 26-story high-rise destroyed by raging inferno at 1:36 AM, building collapses, near the coast in São Paulo (Brazil), 1+ killed:;-at-least-1-dead/3412864/

2018-05-01 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Mumbai (India):

2018-05-01 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame at 4:30 AM, fire gets big, in Sullivan (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Multiple fire departments battled a massive fire at an auto salvage yard in Sullivan on Tuesday morning. The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. at Auto & Truck Salvage Parts on Highway 18 near Pioneer Road."

2018-05-01 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 7 cars burn, in Ypsilanti Township (Michigan):

2018-05-01 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, several cars and dumpster burn, in Ontario (New York):

Quote: "Several cars and a dumpster of scraps were burned after a fire at a scrapyard in Ontario."

2018-05-01 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 4 vehicles burn, in coastal Tilbury (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters were called to a fire involving a number of vehicles at a scrap yard in Tilbury tonight (Tuesday 1 May). When crews arrived they reported four vehicles were on fire."

2018-05-01 - Around 20 cars go up in flames in parking lot at business in Champaign (Illinois):

Quote: "A total of more than 20 cars ended up damaged when a fire broke out at a Champaign plant. Firefighters say they arrived on scene at Rockwell Automation (2802 W. Bloomington Road) to find seven cars heavily involved in a fire in the parking lot of the business."

2018-05-01 - Ten collector cars, some lawnmowers and two garages destroyed by fire at home in Glen Rock (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Fire Co. Chief Ron McCullough said a fire on Terrace Heights destroyed two garages, one of which was filled with about 10 collector's cars, on Tuesday, May 1. McCullough said the fire destroyed a small garage that had lawnmowers in it as well."

2018-05-01 - Wildfire potential, May through August:

2018-05-01 - Bizarre 'sky square' seen over Alberta (Canada):

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2018-05-02 - Unknown odor sickens people at temple in coastal Kyoto (Japan):

Quote: "Four people have been hospitalized after reporting a strange odor at a historic temple in the city of Kyoto. The four, who are all women, complained of feeling ill. Their symptoms are said to be not life-threatening. The incident occurred on Wednesday morning at Nanzenji Temple in eastern Kyoto. Police were alerted to reports of a chemical-like odor near the temple's 'hojo', or abbott's quarters. Police say around 50 visitors were in the area at the time, and 24 reported sore throats and other health issues. Officials say there were no herbicides or other chemicals in use."

2018-05-02 - Man burns to death in parking lot near sushi restaurant in coastal Victoria (Canada):

Quote: "A man who was found on fire in a Victoria parking lot Wednesday morning has died from his injuries, police say. The owners of a local sandwich shop in the 600-block of Gorge Road rushed outside with a fire extinguisher after a customer spotted the man fully engulfed in flames. It happened in the parking lot between the Sandman Hotel and Chiba Sushi on the busy corner of Gorge and Douglas Street around 11:30 a.m."

2018-05-02 - Man in his 30s found burned to death in burning car on Holden Street in Detroit (Michigan):

2018-05-02 - Person found dead in burning car on Carp Road in Ottawa (Canada):

2018-05-02 - Auto parts plant heavily damaged by explosion and massive fire at 1:30 AM in Eaton Rapids (Michigan), 2 injured:

2018-05-02 - Recycling center fire erupts at 2:30 AM in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), smoke blows into the US:

2018-05-02 - Plastics plant damaged by fire just after 11:30 PM in coastal La Porte (Texas):

2018-05-02 - Puerto Rican Air National Guard EC-130 plane crashes and explodes into flame near coastal Savannah (Georgia), 9 killed:

Quote: "A crew of nine Puerto Ricans were flying an Air National Guard C-130 into retirement in Arizona when it crashed onto a highway in Georgia on Wednesday, and authorities said there appeared to be no survivors."

2018-05-02 - Man, 50s or 60s, has heart attack while standing in knee-deep water at coastal Blue Mountain Beach (Florida):

Quote: "A man was transported to the hospital after apparently suffering cardiac arrest while standing in the Gulf of Mexico. Walton County Beach Safety Chief David Vaughn said the man, believed to be in his 50s or 60s, was standing in knee-deep water about 300 yards east of the Ed Walline Beach Access when he suffered an apparent heart attack."

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2018-05-03 - Unknown rotten-egg odor blows through Aydin (Turkey):

Quote: "An unpleasant smell has caused uproar in the Efeler district of the western Turkish province of Aydin, with the authorities unable to trace the source of the rotten egg-like stench."

2018-05-03 - Mysterious explosions shook homes in the US and the UK in April and nobody knows what caused them:

2018-05-03 - Mysterious explosion shakes buildings in St. Lawrence County (New York):

2018-05-03 - Waste and recycling fires escalating rapidly:

Quote: "Waste and recycling industry seeing 93% increase in facility fires in first 4 months of 2018..."

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Trash-related facilities such as recycling centers and landfills will burn hard too, as hydrogen sulfide is absorbed into flammable absorbent materials like wood, paper, cardboard, straw, hay, dried brush, generic trash, clothing, cotton, wool."

2018-05-03 - Chemical plant devastated by massive fire and explosions in Rayne (Louisiana), evacuations ensue:

2018-05-03 - Indian space research facility damaged by massive fire in Ahmedabad (India):

2018-05-03 - Multiple underground electrical fires break out in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2018-05-03 - Transformer bursts into flame near train tracks in coastal Rosebank (New York):

2018-05-03 - In separate incidents, two vehicles burst into flame on highways in Monongalia County (West Virginia):

Quote: "Officials say only one southbound lane is open on I-79 at mile marker 147 due to a vehicle fire. Authorities have also responded to another vehicle fire on I-68 westbound near Exit 1 at Grafton Road."

2018-05-03 - In separate incidents, car and motorcycle burst into flame in/near Shrewsbury (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters extinguished the motorcycle fire at the Royal Mail car park in Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury, just after 4.30am yesterday. Meanwhile, in Ludlow Road, Cleobury Mortimer, firefighters tackled a car fire at about 10.20pm on Thursday."

2018-05-03 - Volcano Kilauea erupts in Hawaii, spews sulfur dioxide, after being shaken by magnitude 5.0 earthquake, roads cracking:

Quote: "The series of earthquakes came after a collapse of a crater floor of Pu'u 'O'o, which is a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kilauea Volcano. Since that collapse, about 250 earthquakes were reported in the area into Tuesday evening, according to a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status report. The tremors have been going on for days now, jarring residents, who've been reporting nearly constant ground vibrations in some areas. 'It has now become unnerving,' Carol Shepard, a resident, told CNN affiliate KHON. She said the flurry of earthquakes seemed to happen every minute. 'It'd be like the house would shake. It'd be like somebody that weighs 300 pounds came in my living room, and jumped up and down,' she said. Residents in the area have also reported cracks emerging on roads."

Quote: "CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB-TV reported lava was shooting some 100 feet in the air and nearing several homes. Fire officials detected extremely high levels of dangerous sulfur dioxide in the air, the stations said."

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2018-05-04 - Stench hits Sacramento (California):

Quote: "Prevailing theories on Reddit and stories by local news stations in recent years agree that the smell in Sacramento is likely coming from the sewers, and is probably a result of warmer weather."

Note: Soooo...sewer gas? Cuz that's hydrogen sulfide...

2018-05-04 - New methane release feedback loop found in freshwater lakes:

2018-05-04 - Human beings didn’t exist the last time there was this much CO2 in the atmosphere:

2018-05-04 - Winter sea ice takes an unprecedented nosedive in the Bering Sea:

2018-05-04 - Volcano Kilauea rocked by magnitude 6.9 and 5.8 earthquakes in Hawaii, lava spewing, people flee:

Quote: "A series of earthquakes rippled through a volcano-stricken island of Hawaii, where residents had already fled what one called a 'curtain of fire'. Earthquakes have shaken the archipelago's Big Island for days, setting off lava flows and prompting warnings from authorities. A 6.9 magnitude quake followed closely after a 5.8 magnitude event in the afternoon, both occurring near a town whose residents already faced mandatory evacuations due to bubbling lava."

Quote: "Governor David Ige declared a state of emergency, noting that the lava flow was expected to continue advancing."

Quote: "Authorities say a magnitude-6.9 earthquake that hit Hawaii's Big Island is the largest to strike in more than four decades. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Director Chip McCreery says a magnitude-7.5 earthquake rocked the island in 1975. Magnitude-6.7 earthquakes hit in 1983 and 2006."

2018-05-04 - Volcano Cleveland erupts, spews ash 22,000 feet into the atmosphere, in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

2018-05-04 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-05-04 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover 15 feet into the air in Watertown (South Dakota):

2018-05-04 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Hughenden Road in High Wycombe (Britain):

Quote: "Friday 4 May, 1.44pm Fire in underground electrical junction, Hughenden Road, High Wycombe. One appliance and crew from High Wycombe attended. A cordon was set up and the incident was left with electricity engineers."

2018-05-04 - Wildfire begun by car fire grows to 1,000 acres, spreads from Rockbridge County into Augusta County (Virginia):

Quote: "Gusty winds and bone-dry brush turned a Thursday night car fire in Rockbridge County into a roaring, 1,000-acre forest fire that crossed county lines. Firefighters said they think it will be days before they’ll have it under control."

Note: A 1,000-acre car fire!

Category: Fires And Explosions

2018-05-05 - E-cigarette explodes, ignites fire and kills man at home in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

Quote: "St. Petersburg officials believe a man died Saturday when an electronic cigarette exploded in his face and caused a fire. The call came in at around 9:45am about a fire, but when firefighters got to the home in the 300 block of 19th Avenue NE, they found the body of 38-year-old Tallmadge D'Elia. Fire Rescue Lt. Steven Lawrence said investigators believe D'Elia was using a vape pen when it exploded in his face, starting a fire."

2018-05-05 - AC unit explodes and burns at home, two children burned to death, in Delhi (India), 2 people burn to death in factory at 3 AM too:

Quote: "In the first incident, a 10-year-old boy and his nine-year-old sister were charred to death after an air conditioner's compressor exploded at their home in northwest Delhi's Adarsh Nagar area, the official said."

2018-05-05 - Coal mine rocked by methane explosion in Marghat (Pakistan), 16+ killed, 9 injured:

Quote: "Sixteen miners were killed and nine others were wounded Saturday when a coal mine collapsed due to a gas explosion in southwestern Pakistan, officials said."

2018-05-05 - Landfill fire breaks out on Marsh Lane in Calne (Britain):

2018-05-05 - Passenger train engine bursts into flame near Udaipur (India):

2018-05-05 - Freight train bursts into flame in coastal Matapihi (New Zealand):

2018-05-05 - Freight train tanker car bursts into flame at train yard near Bellevue (Ohio):

2018-05-05 - Wildfire begun by car fire grows to 1,600 acres in Rockbridge County and Augusta County (Virginia):

2018-05-05 - Wildfire rages out of control and threatens homes in Aveley (Australia):

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2018-05-06 - Unknown noxious sulfur-like smell hits area in coastal Seattle (Washington):

Quote: "Firefighters have blocked off several blocks in Seattle's Central District after reports of a sulfur-like smell in the neighborhood. Firefighters received the call just before 1 p.m. of a DOA (possible body) and a noxious smell at a building in the 2000 block of E. Cherry Street. Residents reported smelling it from several blocks away."

2018-05-06 - Two people found dead in burning car on Tapiola Road in Portage Township (Michigan), 8 miles from Lake Superior:

Quote: "Two people are dead following a vehicle fire Sunday morning in Houghton County. Houghton County Undersheriff Kevin Coppo says Houghton County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Donken/Tapiola Road in Portage Township at 9:42 a.m. Sunday for reports of a vehicle fire. Otter Lake Fire Department came to the scene and put out the fire. Once extinguished, fire fighters found two bodies inside the vehicle."

2018-05-06 - Charred corpse found in burning car on the Red River Road in Harrington (Canada):

Quote: "The burned body of a person was found in a vehicle on the Red River Road in Harrington in the Laurentians on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters made the gruesome discovery after receiving a call about a vehicle fire. The Sûreté du Québec said it did not have details Sunday night, but did not rule out any hypothesis."

2018-05-06 - Two barges full of scrap cars go up in flames on the Mobile River in coastal Mobile (Alabama), nobody aboard:

Quote: "Flames engulfed two barges just north of the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge creating a thick blanket of smoke over the Mobile River nearly all day Sunday. 'Two barges that are tied together, they are hauling old crushed cars. At this point, we're not sure how the fire started but we have several crews on scene on the fireboat attempting to douse the flames and mitigate the situation,' Mobile Fire-Rescue Spokesperson, Steven Millhouse said."

Quote: "Millhouse said no one was on board the barges when they caught fire."

Note: These are the 388th and 389th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-06 - Metal recycling hit by fire, big pile of scrap metal burns, in Memphis (Tennessee):

2018-05-06 - Wildfire suddenly erupts on the banks of the Trishuli River in Langtang National Park (Nepal):

Quote: "National Park's chief conservation officer Yubraj Regmi said that the fire suddenly erupted from the bank of the Trishuli river at the Brabal Pakha area."

2018-05-06 - Volcano Kilauea eruption has destroyed 26+ homes in Leilani Estates (Hawaii), two new fissures open:

Quote: "Lava erupting from Hawaii's powerful Kilauea volcano has now destroyed at least 26 homes, more than double the previous figure, officials announced Sunday, citing grim findings from an aerial survey by the fire department."

Quote: "Two new fissures appeared overnight, Hawaii County civil defense officials said, bringing the total to nine that opened in the neighborhood since Thursday."

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2018-05-07 - Foul stench hits coastal Vancouver (Canada):

2018-05-07 - Person found dead in burning car along road in Alcorn County (Mississippi):

Quote: "Human remains were found inside a burned car on Monday afternoon near the intersection of county roads 518 and 550 in the southwest portion of Alcorn County, Sheriff Ben Caldwell said. Caldwell said foul play does not appear to be a factor at this time. It appeared the car ran off the side of the road, the sheriff added."

2018-05-07 - Gas station explodes and burns at midnight near coastal Accra (Ghana), 3 injured:

2018-05-07 - Pallet business devastated by massive fire in Chicago (Illinois), 2 miles from Lake Michigan:

Quote: "Firefighters battled a massive blaze Monday evening at a pallet company on Chicago's South Side. Black smoke from the fire at B&S Pallet Corp, located at 550 West Root Street in the Canaryville neighborhood, could be seen from miles away."

2018-05-07 - Landfill fire breaks out near Sleepy Eye (Minnesota):

2018-05-07 - Recycling center damaged by fire in Saskatoon (Canada):

2018-05-07 - Huge tire fire rages near landfill in coastal St Andrew on the island of Jamaica:

2018-05-07 - SUV bursts into flame then hits two cars and a bus stop, in coastal Providence (Rhode Island), 1 lightly injured:

Quote: "Providence police are investigating a chaotic car crash in which an SUV caught fire, hit two cars, and then rolled through an intersection and into a bus stop. The Providence Journal reports a woman was driving on Union Avenue Monday morning when her vehicle caught fire. The SUV hit a parked car and a moving car before crossing an intersection. The driver managed to escape. The SUV eventually stopped upon hitting a bus stop."

2018-05-07 - Eight cars go up in flames at 2:30 AM while parked a dealership in Yorkville (New York), nobody there:

Quote: "Eight cars were damaged by a fire at Carbone Subaru of Utica Monday morning, and fire officials say they may not be able to determine a cause. The fire broke out in a back lot of the dealership, located at 5036 Commercial Drive in Yorkville, around 2:30 a.m. Monday. It was reported by two people who live in the area when they heard what they thought were explosions and called 911. Officials say the fire started in one car and then spread to two others, which were completely destroyed. The Yorkville fire chief says five other cars were damaged and may be able to be repaired. The cars damaged by the fire were all used vehicles or trade-ins. The Yorkville fire chief says he’s unsure if they’ll be able to determine a cause of the fire due to the extent of the damage."

2018-05-07 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, more eruptions likely:

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2018-05-08 - Man, police officer has 'medical emergency' at swimming pool, in critical condition, in coastal Dundalk (Maryland):

Quote: "Pennsylvania police officer is in critical condition after suffering a medical emergency during a SWAT water exercise at Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk on Sunday, confirmed Baltimore County police Wednesday. The officer, from the York area, was one of 12 members attending a SWAT school class at the Dundalk campus pool on May 6, said police. The officer had a medical issue as he got ready to exit the pool."

Quote: "The officer, police said, was able to get himself out of the pool, but then went into medical crisis. He was given CPR by medics that were at the scene. Police said it does not appear the officer was under water when the medical distress started."

Note: It's mainly been children having 'medical events' and dying at swimming pools lately, but obviously that won't always be the case...

2018-05-08 - Ambulance goes up in flames at 12:50 AM and kills 2 people, injures another, in Delhi (India):

Quote: "Two men were charred to death and another injured when the ambulance they were sleeping in caught fire in south Delhi's Sheikh Sarai area in the early hours today, said an officer from the Delhi Fire Service. A call was received at 12. 50 am about the blaze and two fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The deceased were identified as Guddu and Rahul, he said. The injured man was identified as 32-year-old Subodh. He sustained 40 per cent burn injuries and is admitted to Safdarjung Hospital."

2018-05-08 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to airport in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "An American Airlines flight headed for Dallas was forced to return to Chicago’s O’Hare airport following reports that the cockpit began filling with smoke."

2018-05-08 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport, plane evacuated, in Denver (Colorado):

Quote: "A Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to Denver was evacuated after landing Tuesday evening at Denver International Airport following reports of smoke in the cabin. Delta Airlines Flight 1854 from Detroit had already been delayed in Detroit before the flight departed, according to flight records and a passenger who was on the plane. But all its passengers had to be evacuated once the plane landed in Denver around 8 p.m., DIA confirms to Denver7. The airport said that smoke had filled the cabin, though it was unclear whether that happened while the plane was in the air or after the plane landed."

2018-05-08 - Small plane bursts into flame during flight, pilots bail out, plane crashes, in Lahore (Pakistan):

Quote: "According to an eye witness, the plane flew from Walton Airport and it caught fire in the air before it came down. Both pilots timely came out of the burning plane and suffered minor injuries. Miraculously, no loss of life occurred in the crash."

Note: These are the 68th, 69th and 70th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-08 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and huge fire in coastal Texas City (Texas):

2018-05-08 - Volcano Kilauea erupts again in Hawaii, two new fissures open and spew lava, another neighborhood evacuated:

Quote: "The Kilauea volcano erupted again on Tuesday, spewing toxic gases out of two new vents and prompting authorities to call for an immediate evacuation of residents from a second neighborhood on the Big Island. The County of Hawaii Civil Defense Agency issued an emergency bulletin ordering residents of the Lanipuna Gardens area on the east side of the island to leave their homes. "Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms 2 new vents. All Lanipuna residents must evacuate now," the agency said in its bulletin, adding that the two vents had opened near two road intersections and were 'actively erupting'."

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2018-05-09 - Water sickening and killing people in and around Kratié (Cambodia):

Quote: "At least 80 people in Preh and Roneg villages in Mondulkiri province's Sre Chhouk commune suffered vomiting, dizziness and weakness due to suspected poisonous water from a stream they were using. The illnesses come after 13 people died and more than 130 people sent to hospital due to drinking water contaminated with poisonous substances in Kratie over the past few weeks. Lor Sokha, Mondulkiri province police chief, told the media that technical officers initially suspected the poisoning occurred after villagers drank water from Preah river and others drank rain water which had combined with water from the river. However, the cause has not yet been determined as authorities are waiting for the results of an analysis of the water and food they had consumed."

Quote: "He said on Wednesday that he spoke to the victims and they said they began to find it difficult to breathe, had stomachaches and vomited after drinking both the water from the river and rainwater from the roofs of their houses."

Note: So not just river water but also rainwater from the roofs of homes. Hydrogen sulfide is water soluble, it's getting into the atmosphere - thus all the rotten egg odor events around the world - and so rain from the sky will sometimes be poisonous. If the rain is poisonous enough, it could kill you just by falling on your head. Contaminated rainwater will also flow downhill to streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and seas/oceans and contaminate the water in them too. in 2015, 41 children and some animals mysteriously died after rainfall in Papua (Indonesia), mentioned in the 2015-11-24 update. Last year, a bunch of people died in Australia from 'thunderstorm asthma' after rain storms there too. Every time you jump in a body of water or let water get on your head, you're betting that that water has not been contaminated. Lose that bet, as many already have, and you are apt to die. Municipal water supplies in major cities are likeliest to be safest, but there are no guarantees...

2018-05-09 - Unknown odor at building sends 12 people to the hospital, then later 2 more have convulsions too, in coastal Auckland (New Sealand):

Quote: "Fire and Emergency say they don't know what caused the unknown smell in an Auckland office building this morning - but the building is now safe. Emergency crews were called to Augusta House on the corner of Victoria Street West and Elliot Street at 9.30am after an unusual smell was noticed on the eighth floor. Twelve people were taken to hospital and another 100 assessed after being exposed to the smell which caused nausea, headaches and vomiting."

Quote: "'It was a weird sort of organic smell. To be honest, I would describe it as chicken manure, but it was a sickly, sweet musty odour.'"

Quote: "Two more people have been affected by a mystery gas leak at an Auckland high-rise, nine hours after it hospitalised 12 people on Thursday morning. A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesman said firefighters had been called to Augusta House in Auckland's CBD just before 6pm. Firefighters had had reports of two people having convulsions, the spokesman said."

Quote: "Woon said fire crews ran gas detectors throughout the building and did not come up with anything. The New Zealand Defence Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) – the bomb squad – was then called in to test the scene. 'We couldn't find anything that triggered our devices...and a preliminary search by them hasn't found anything either,' Woon said."

Note: They aren't using H2S detectors. Hydrogen sulfide won't show up on other types of detectors. And hydrogen sulfide at higher concentrations is described by some people as 'sickly sweet' or 'flowery'. The speed with which these people sickened, the symptoms, and the fact that this is a coastal city - they probably got hit by some fairly concentrated poisonous hydrogen sulfide, probably pulled into the building via the building's HVAC system. Nobody really knows what the long-term effects of that are (for people who survive), but they can't be good...

2018-05-09 - Man in his 30s has seizure and loses consciousness in the water near coastal La Jolla Shores (California):

Quote: "San Diego lifeguards responding to a call for help from a diver experiencing a seizure pulled the unconscious man out of the water Wednesday afternoon, a San Diego Fire-Rescue official said. The diver, who was in his 30s, called 911 while off the coast of La Jolla Shores around 12:15 p.m. and said he was having a seizure, said fire spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz. Lifeguards used their personal water craft to get out to the man, who was unconscious and having a seizure when they found him. His face was not submerged, she said, because of the equipment he was using."

2018-05-09 - Van explodes and burns and kills man, ignites tractor trailer, at business in Ono (Pennsylvania), man injured too:

Quote: "An employee of a trucking company in Lebanon County was killed in a van explosion, state police said. It happened at J.P. Donmoyer, Inc. in Ono around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. State police said the employee was driving a maintenance van to pick up a tractor-trailer driver who had parked the truck in a back lot. The van exploded, killing Stephen Miller, 65, of Lebanon, state police said."

2018-05-09 - Person burns to death at 12:23 AM on burning mattress beneath I-4 overpass in Orlando (Florida):

Quote: "A burning body was discovered under a downtown Interstate 4 overpass early Wednesday morning, according to an Orlando Police Department spokeswoman. The Orlando Fire Department arrived on the scene near I-4 west at the Colonial Drive at about 12:23 a.m., police spokeswoman Michelle Guido said. Firefighters discovered a body after extinguishing a small fire, Guido said. The cause of death is under investigation but police don’t suspect foul play. It’s not clear how the fire started."

2018-05-09 - Pallet business devastated by massive blaze at 11 PM in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "Hours after a fire started, firefighters are still working to put out hot spots left over from the large flames that could be seen for miles at a warehouse in northwest Harris County. This is at Kim's Pallet, Inc., a facility that makes wooden pallets in the 5700 block of Cunningham Road, near Tanner Road."

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2018-05-10 - Eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii threatens hydrogen sulfide release from geothermal plant:

Quote: "The pentane at Puna Geothermal Venture has been removed, but Civil Defense officials remain concerned about another hidden hazard. Talmadge Magno, county Civil Defense administrator, said state and county officials are talking with well experts in California about how to seal the power plant’s geothermal wells to prevent the release of hydrogen sulfide if well caps are compromised by the ongoing lower Puna volcanic eruption. 'We’re looking at basically filling the wells with water,' he said, to prevent an unabated gas release."

2018-05-10 - Passenger train bursts into flame at station in Welwyn after leaving coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "British Transport Police said all passengers had been 'safely removed' from the train, which was travelling from Hull to Kings Cross."

2018-05-10 - Freight train hit by fire, four military trucks burn, in Madhya Pradesh (India):

Quote: "A goods train carrying 90 Army jawans and some explosives caught fire while passing through Madhya Pradesh on Thursday. While there were no injuries reported, four Army trucks laden on to the wagons were completely gutted in the blaze."

2018-05-10 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Columbia (South Carolina):

2018-05-10 - Recycling center fire breaks out on Goddington Road in Ashford (Britain):

2018-05-10 - Underground electrical fire breaks out on Blue Street in Boston (Britain):

2018-05-10 - Utility pole bursts into flame in Minden (Nevada), 3,000+ homes go dark:

Quote: "It was the third electrical fire in the Valley in three days. On Tuesday night a transformer exploded and set landscaping on fire at the Gardnerville Chevron. On Wednesday morning, an HVAC issue sent dense smoke into Minden Elementary School forcing staff and students to evacuate."

2018-05-10 - Ten cars go up in flames at 3 AM, six destroyed, while parked at apartments in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "Firefighters responded to the blaze around 3 a.m. in the 300 block of Gillmore Avenue. When they first arrived, six vehicles were ablaze. By the time the fire had been extinguished, at least four other cars had been damaged, as well as the car port under which they had been parked."

2018-05-10 - SOTT Earth changes summary for April 2018, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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2018-05-11 - Ozone levels declining in the atmosphere:

Quote: "The ozone layer high above Antarctica might be mending nicely, but the rest of the world tells a different story. A long-term overview of satellite data shows that ozone levels are actually dropping in the lower stratosphere: the layer of the atmosphere about 10 to 20 kilometres above Earth's surface."

Quote: "While the hole over Antarctica has been closing, the protective ozone is thinning at the lower latitudes, where the sunlight is stronger and billions of people live..."

Quote: "But, for reasons as yet unknown, ozone seems to be disappearing from some parts of the lower stratosphere, a study published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics has found. The area affected stretches from latitude 60N—a line which traces the globe through Canada and Russia—all the way down to 60S, which sits above Antarctica."

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Though it is a heavier-than-air gas, hydrogen sulfide is nevertheless being blown up into the upper atmosphere sometimes, where it is reacting away both the ozone layer and hydroxyl radicals. The loss of the ozone layer will probably eventually result in lethal levels of UV radiation baking the surface of the planet."

I wrote that more than six years ago, back when everyone except me THOUGHT the ozone layer was healing. Hydroxyl radicals are also being depleted in the atmosphere, mentioned in the 2018-04-27 update. Nobody but me was even looking at the loss of hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere as a problem or discussing it six years ago. So those are two extremely specific predictions that I made more than six years ago, both planetary-scale in effect, one completely contrary to the 'scientific consensus' of the day. Prediction after prediction, everything I have said is being verified. And now let's see how long it takes for them to put the REST of the clues together, because they're still waaaaaaay behind in understanding what's going on with this planet, even though when you get right down to it, what's happening is actually pretty simple: we're experiencing a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event, also called the 'Great Dying'...

2018-05-11 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits shopping plaza in Hamden (Connecticut):

Quote: "According to officials, while an odor is present, meters have not indicated a dangerous level of gas in the areas that they have checked so far."

2018-05-11 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits school in Suffield (Connecticut), near the Connecticut River:

Note: Above two events were about 42 miles apart as the gas blows, with Hamden being much closer to the coast than Suffield...

2018-05-11 - Two women go up in flames at restaurant, both seriously burned, in Wichita (Kansas), cop burned too:

Quote: "Three people are hurt, including a Wichita Police officer, after a fire at a restaurant in N. Wichita late Friday. An officer on patrol saw a woman, on fire, running from Rostizeria Los Reyes restaurant in the 500 block of W. 21st Street at around 9:00 p.m. The officer stopped and helped pat the fire out with his hands. The woman then said that her sister was inside the business, also on fire. The officer tried to get into the business, but the doors were locked. He then broke out a window to get inside. There, he found another woman who was also on fire."

Quote: "The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The only damage to the business was the broken door."

Note: So the business wasn't burned at all. It was just the women who ignited. If that cop hadn't shown up though then this might have been just another restaurant fire, albeit with two fatalities, and nobody would have known that the fire began with the two women igniting. I'm sure that's happening regularly now - a person ignites at home then runs around dying and on fire, and then later it's reported as a house fire with a fatality and nobody ever knows that the fire began with a person inside the home igniting. Methane is odorless and it will contaminate adsorbent material, like clothing and hair. People will unknowningly become highly flammable then burn to death after spontaneously combusting, or igniting from proximity to a flame, or static electricity, or a spark from an electronic device like a cellphone, etc...

2018-05-11 - Dragon float bursts into flame during parade at Disney's Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista (Florida):

Quote: "A dragon float in Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade caught fire Friday afternoon, filling the air with thick black smoke, CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG reports. 'I think we have a problem, the dragon's literally on fire,' a guest says in one video. The Steampunk-style dragon -- a representation of Maleficent from 'Sleeping Beauty' -- continued to lift its head up and down while engulfed in orange flames in the Magic Kingdom."

Note: This is the 1st dragon to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-11 - Volcano Kilauea eruption updates:

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2018-05-12 - Unknown chemical smell hits room at hotel and kills man, 48, in Decatur (Georgia), 3 responding cops sickened:

Quote: "Officers were called out to investigate a dead body found inside a room that had a strong chemical smell which began to make the officers sick, leaving three to be sent to hospital."

Quote: "Three DeKalb County police officers were taken to a hospital Saturday after they were overcome by chemical fumes while investigating a dead body at an extended-stay motel. The officers were conscious and alert at the hospital and are expected to recover, said Shiera Campbell, a spokeswoman for the DeKalb police. Authorities are not treating the death as a homicide, she said."

2018-05-12 - Unknown gas smell evacuates businesses on Scollay Street in Greenway (Australia), near Lake Tuggeranong:

Quote: "More than 50 people have been evacuated after a gas smell was detected in the Tuggeranong Officeworks. Firefighters were called to Scollay Street, Greenway about 12.40pm on Sunday due to the smell of gas coming from a lift shaft at the business. People were also evacuated from the neighbouring BCF and Petbarn. As of 1.50pm, ACT Fire and Rescue crews were conducting atmospheric monitoring to determine the cause of the smell. Firefighters conducted their final sweep of the building about 3pm, with people expected to return inside shortly afterwards."

2018-05-12 - Small plane bursts into flame then crashes and burns near Jacksonville (Alabama), 2 killed:

Quote: "Witnesses say the plane caught fire in mid air, before falling to the ground."
Note: This is the 71st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-12 - Passenger train bursts into flame at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell (Georgia), 2 injured:

2018-05-12 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover off in River Heights area in Winnipeg (Canada):

2018-05-12 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting and quaking in Hawaii, more fissures open, warning issued for explosive eruption:

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2018-05-13 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, eight passengers sickened, plane makes emergency landing in Vienna (Austria):

Quote: "Eight people fell ill for unknown reasons on board a Transavia flight from [coastal] Schiphol [in Amsterdam] to Antalya in Turkey on Sunday morning. The pilot made a precautionary landing in Vienna after people started fainting on board, NOS reports. Passenger Hetty Roelofsen told NOS that the problems started when one passenger smelled something strange and fell ill. After that a total of eight people became unwell, spread over the plane."

2018-05-13 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "A Southwest flight from San Diego to Las Vegas made an emergency landing Sunday after reports of smoke in the cockpit."

Note: This is the 72nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-13 - High-rise Zen Tower heavily damaged by fire in coastal Dubai (UAE):

Quote: "Dubai, a skyscraper-studded city, has suffered a spate of fires in its high-rises."

2018-05-13 - Landfill fire breaks out, again, at 5:30 AM on Pond Island near the island of Sint Maarten:

Quote: "The landfill is once again on fire. The fire started early Sunday morning. It is not yet clear what caused the early morning blaze. Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson said the police was notified about 5:30 am about the blaze which he said is as big as the one earlier this year that took days to put out."

2018-05-13 - Two cars burst into flame at 11:51 PM while parked on opposite side of street in North Amityville (New York):

Quote: "Investigators are trying to determine the cause of two car fires on opposite sides of the same street in North Amityville, Suffolk County police said. The fires were reported at 11:51 p.m. Sunday on Melody Lane near Summer Lane, a police department spokeswoman said. The cars were unoccupied and there were no injuries, the spokeswoman said."

2018-05-13 - Man burned by flash fire at hotel on Anderson Mill Road in Austin (Texas):

Note: Flash fire, so gases in the atmosphere ignited...

2018-05-13 - Newly-built boathouse destroyed by fire on Mortimers Point Road on Lake Muskoka in Port Carling (Canada):

2018-05-13 - Wildfires rage along the Amur River near Komsomolsk-on-Amur (Russia):

2018-05-13 - Murzinka River mysteriously turns red in coastal St. Petersburg (Russia):

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2018-05-14 - Unknown foul odor evacuates Elida High School in Elida (Ohio), 4600 feet from the Ottawa River:

Quote: "American Township Fire Department was dispatched to Elida High School to investigate a foul odor Monday afternoon. The odor prompted school officials to evacuate the high school. At approximately 1:07 p.m. firefighters arrived and after conducting tests the results indicated that there were no hazardous chemicals or gases released inside the facility."

2018-05-14 - Man ignites at gas station, dies 3 weeks later, in Atlanta (Georgia):

Quote: "A man, who suffered severe burns on most of his body after he caught on fire while pumping gas in Georgia, died on Monday. The man, whose identity has not been released, was pumping gas around 12pm on April 25 at a Texaco when the incident occurred. Witnesses said they couldn't see exactly what happened because the man caught on fire so quickly."

2018-05-14 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, six cars burn, in Dayton (Ohio):

2018-05-14 - Unused recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in coastal Sunderland (Britain):

Quote: "Plumes of thick black smoke were visible for miles after the fire broke out at the disused recycling plant in Sunderland around 6pm last night. More than 50 firefighters were called to Deptford Terrace to tackle what has been dubbed 'the great fire of Sunderland'. More than 20 remain on the scene this morning, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said, with no end in sight."

2018-05-14 - Offshore support ship 'Marshal Vasilevskiy' damaged by explosion near coastal Ulsan (South Korea):

Quote: "The 'Marshal Vasilevskiy' suffered an explosion of one of the six regasification boilers during trials off Ulsan on May 14, 2018. The boiler, produced by Mitsubishi, was destroyed in the incident. The delivery date will be postponed. Reportedly, there were other damages besides the destroyed boiler."

2018-05-14 - Twelve boats destroyed by fire, 18 more damaged, at Portman Marina on Lake Hartwell in Anderson (South Carolina):

Quote: "As of 3 p.m., 12 boats had been destroyed and another 18 had been damaged, emergency workers said."

2018-05-14 - Yacht bursts into flame near coastal Redondo Beach (California):

2018-05-14 - Boat and two docks destroyed by fire at Cornet Bay Marina on coastal Whidbey Island (Washington):

Note: These are the 413th-427th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-14 - More than 23,000 square miles are burning in Russia:

Quote: "Wildfires are an annual problem in eastern Russia, but appear to be worsening each year."

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2018-05-15 - Foul rotten egg odor hits area on the Gold Coast from Hope Island to Arundel (Australia):

2018-05-15 - SUV goes up in flames and burns two people near the Collier Tunnel in Del Norte County (California):

Quote: "Illinois Valley Fire District responded to a car fire in California just north of the Collier Tunnel with two burn patients Tuesday afternoon."

Quote: "AMR Medic 4 took over treatment of the patients as soon as they arrived on the scene. Both patients had 'numerous burns,' according to IVFD."

2018-05-15 - Man has 'medical emergency' in car, car bursts into flame, in Cottleville (Missouri), 1 injured:

Quote: "Officials believe the 63-year-old was unconscious and suffered a medical emergency in the car while it was running, which then accidentally caught fire."

2018-05-15 - In separate incidents, two underground electrical fires break out before 1:30 AM in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "Editor’s Note: It turns out this happened at two separate locations around the same time, so we’ve updated the post."

2018-05-15 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blow manhole cover off in Dunfermline (Scotland), near the coast:

2018-05-15 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Florence (South Carolina):

Quote: "A firefighter said it's the same area, American Steel and Recycling, where a fire burned several cars earlier this year."

2018-05-15 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire in Upper Rawdon (Canada):

2018-05-15 - Volcano Kilauea in Hawaii continues erupting, more lava oozing out, threat level goes to red:

Quote: "Hawaii residents are facing the highest volcanic activity alert after officials warned Tuesday that the Big Island's Kilauea volcano is growing more explosive -- as a massive ash cloud grows in the sky. The U.S. Geological Survery upgraded its previous volcano warning from 'orange' to 'red,'" signifying that an 'eruption is forecasted to be imminent with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere likely,' or that an eruption is already underway. 'At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' local officials told Fox News amid the alert, which was issued just before 1:30 p.m. local time."

Quote: "Lava from one of the world’s most active volcanoes snaked closer to the Big Island’s Highway 137 — coming within a mile and a half Monday night to choking off one of the last remaining evacuation routes for residents in lower Puna, officials said. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey said that red-and-orange lava continues to flow from fissure 17, but has slowed to about two-tenths of a mile in the past six hours. The situation is considered extremely dangerous."

2018-05-15 - Shocking footage of massive amounts of garbage floating in the Caribbean Sea:

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2018-05-16 - Underground electrical explosion sends manhole cover flying at Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek (Ohio):

2018-05-16 - Metal recycling center hit by fire in El Cajon (California):

2018-05-16 - Pallet factory destroyed by huge fire near Yakima (Washington):

2018-05-16 - Pallet business devastated by massive fire in Effingham (Illinois):

Quote: "City firefighters were called at 10:19pm to Effingham Environmental Solutions at 2301 South Banker. The business builds pallets, but also grinds up broken pallets to make mulch and provides other uses for items that otherwise might not be usable."

2018-05-16 - Huge pallet fire breaks out at pallet business in Memphis (Tennessee):

2018-05-16 - Landfill fire breaks out in West Nipissing (Canada):

2018-05-16 - Ammo depot devastated by fire and explosions near Udmurt Pugachevo (Russia), town of 3,000 evacuated:

2018-05-16 - Firefighter, man, 49, has 'medical emergency', fire truck veers over centerline, hits five vehicles, near Lake Travis (Texas), 9 injured:

Quote: "A Lake Travis fire truck driver on Wednesday afternoon suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness, causing him to veer into oncoming traffic and resulting in a fiery crash that sent at least nine people to the hospital, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. The crash happened at around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday on RM 620 north of Comanche Trail in western Travis County."

Quote: "Tatsch, 49, was alert and responsive Thursday morning but had no recollection of what happened before or after the crash, said Lake Travis Fire Fighters Association spokesman Braden Frame."

2018-05-16 - Bus driver has 'medical episode', bus crashes through fence, in Fazakerley, Liverpool (Britain), 5 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Passengers were left shocked when a bus driver lost control and crashed through a fence after suffering a ‘medical episode’ at the wheel. The drama took place shortly after midday today on Aintree Lane in Fazakerley close to its junction with Wango Lane."

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2018-05-17 - Person found dead in burning car on Montreal Road near Ottawa (Canada):

Quote: "Police say a body was found inside that burning vehicle, but they don't suspect foul play in this incidence. This discovery comes just two weeks after another body was found inside a burning vehicle on Carp Road."

Note: Yep, burning to death in cars is becoming a popular way to die...

2018-05-17 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in coastal San Diego (California):

2018-05-17 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Princeton (New Jersey):

2018-05-17 - Truck repair shop damaged by fire at 1:46 AM in Box Elder (South Dakota):

Quote: "On May 8, the Ultramax Ammunition plant, which is located only a few hundreds yards north of Excel Truck & Trailer Repair, was destroyed in a fire."

2018-05-17 - Truck repair shop damaged by fire just after midnight in Eugene (Oregon):

2018-05-17 - Auto shop damaged by fire in Westbrook (Maine):

Note: Three parked tractor trailers just went up in flames at a waste facility in Westbrook the day prior too, mentioned in the 2018-05-16 update...

2018-05-17 - Volcano Kilauea erupts mightily in Hawaii, spews ash 30,000 feet into the atmosphere:

2018-05-17 - Atmospheric CO2 levels have reached 412.10 ppm, more in some areas of the world:

2018-05-17 - Toxic algae blooms occurring more often, may be caught in climate change feedback loop:

2018-05-17 - Very high UV levels measured at many locations across North America:

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2018-05-18 - Unknown noxious odor causes evacuations at VA building in El Paso (Texas):

Quote: "The El Paso Veteran Affairs evacuated portions of its annex building near Piedras and Pierce Avenue 'in response to a noxious odor.' This happened around 10:50 a.m. Friday. VA officials said all employees and Veterans were immediately evacuated from the annex."

2018-05-18 - Passenger plane bursts into flame shortly after takeoff, plane crashes and burns, near coastal Havana (Cuba), 110 killed, 3 injured:

Quote: "Eyewitness and private salon owner Rocio Martinez said she heard a strange noise and looked up to see the plane with a turbine on fire. 'In flames, here it comes falling toward the ground, and it seems (the pilot) saw it was an area that was too residential and makes a sharp turn,' Martinez said."

Quote: "More than 100 people were killed when a Boeing 737 crashed soon after taking off from Havana in what appeared to be Cuba’s worst air disaster in nearly 30 years, and there were only three survivors, officials and state media said on Friday."

2018-05-18 - Mig-31 fighter jet bursts into flame at airfield in Permsky Krai (Russia):

Quote: "According to the press-service of the Central Military District, a right engine of Mig-31 has been caught on fire at an airfield in Russia's Permsky Krai. 'The pilots were about to conduct a training flight, but the aircraft was caught on fire while entering a flight strip,' the statement reads."

Note: These are the 73rd and 74th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-18 - Man, 60, found dead on burned couch at home in Atwood (Illinois):

Quote: "Police and fire officials are investigating the death of an Atwood man found in his home Friday as an accident or the result of a medical issue. Atwood Police Chief Rob Bross said Jeffrey Browning, 60, was discovered dead on the couch in his living room by his father. Bross said Mr. Browning’s father stopped by his son’s house in the 300 block of North Main Street about 9 p.m. to check on him, as he occasionally did. Bross said burn patterns showed the fire started on the couch but extinguished itself."

2018-05-18 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, large pile of scrap metal burns, in Chili (New York):

Quote: "Dozens of firefighters battled a large fire at a metal recycling plant on Scottsville Road in Chili Friday afternoon. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze after a large pile of scrap metal caught fire at the Metalico scrap metal facility. Smoke from the scene could be seen from miles away."

2018-05-18 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, huge pile of electronics burns, in Hitchin (Britain):

Quote: "The electrical goods fire in the scrapyard off Cadwell Lane has sent massive plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky above North Herts."

2018-05-18 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire spreads to 3 buildings, in Socorro (New Mexico):

2018-05-18 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, six vehicles burn, in Billerica (Massachusetts):

2018-05-18 - Cars and car storage facility go up in flames in Oskaloosa (Iowa):

Quote: "The Oskaloosa Fire Department is investigating a structure fire that occurred Friday night at Clabaugh Enterprises. Around 7:30 p.m., crews responded to a call at the car storage facility on South Seventh Street. Fire Chief Mark Neff told KTVO the vehicles inside the structure were engulfed in flames."

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2018-05-19 - Unknown odor sickens people at restaurant in West Caldwell (New Jersey):

Quote: "The West Caldwell health inspector will have to clear a local restaurant before it can open again after a suspicious odor had several patrons feeling sick with some reportedly having some breathing issues. According to preliminary reports, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, emergency responders rushed to the Original Pancake House in West Caldwell after a room filled with patron began to cough uncontrollably with some even vomiting and complaining of throat irritation."

2018-05-19 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Manila (Philippine Islands):

Quote: "A Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane bound for Busuanga Island in Palawan from Clark International Airport made an emergency landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) due to smoke inside the cabin."

Note: This is the 75th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-13 - Landfill fire breaks out, again, on Pond Island near the island of Sint Maarten:

2018-05-19 - At least four buildings devastated by massive blaze in downtown Brandon (Canada), 150+ people homeless:

Quote: "At least four buildings in Brandon's downtown caught fire Saturday in what the city's mayor said will 'likely be one of the largest fires Brandon has ever seen.'"

2018-05-19 - Utility pole bursts into flame in Cedar Grove (New Jersey):

2018-05-19 - RV destroyed by fire at 4:28 AM while parked at Snake River RV Park in Idaho Falls (Idaho), 1 injured:

Note: Around 400 feet from the Snake River. Here's a Google Maps link of the area. This is the 247th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-19 - Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, lava destroys four more homes:

Quote: "Lava creeping across roadways destroyed four homes and left dozens of others in the shadow of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano isolated Saturday, forcing more residents to plan for a possible evacuation. Hawaii County Civil Defense said a fissure near the neighborhood of Lanipuna Gardens has been continuously erupting, releasing a slow-moving lava flow. If that lava threatens a nearby highway, more people will be told to prepare for voluntary evacuation. On Friday, fast-moving lava crossed a road and isolated about 40 homes in a rural subdivision, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters. The wide lava flow was 'very active' Saturday morning and advancing at rates of up to 300 yards (274 meters) per hour, scientists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said."

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2018-05-20 - Mysterious explosions in the wee hours alarming people in Bucks County (Pennsylvania):

2018-05-20 - B-1B Lancer bomber bursts into flame, makes emergency landing in Midland (Texas)

Quote: "The 'in-flight emergency' mentioned by the Pentagon was reportedly an engine fire, according to unidentified Air Force personnel who shared accounts with Air Force amn/nco/snco; while the extinguisher systems were activated to put out the blaze, the fire indicator light did not go off after their use, which may have indicated a failure to extinguish the fire. If this reading is accurate, the extinguisher failure could have led to an uncontrolled and catastrophic fire that could have potentially resulted in the complete loss of the aircraft in a rapid period of time."

Quote: "Last week, images surfaced on Facebook purporting to show a burnt-out engine from the incident, as well as photos from The Associated Press and Midland Reporter-Telegram showing that the B-1B, tail number 86-0109, was missing a ceiling hatch, leading to speculation an in-flight ejection was attempted."

Quote: "Fire crews responding to the aircraft used foam on the plane, suggesting the crew had reported an engine fire."

Note: This happened on May 1, but the reason for the emergency landing was not given at that time. So, another plane engine bursting into flame, like the passenger plane that just ignited and crashed and killed 110+ people near the coast in Cuba a few days ago, and the military plane that ignited and crashed and killed 257 people near the coast in Algeria last month, and the private jet that ignited and crashed and killed 11 people in Iran in March, and so on. More flammable gases are entering the atmosphere so more planes are burning and/or smoking and/or exploding, simple as that. Sometimes planes will be hit by a foul odor or chemical smell too, as they fly through invisible clouds of gas containing hydrogen sulfide. This is the 76th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-20 - Passenger plane hit by chemical smell, plane makes emergency landing in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

Quote: "A passenger told NBC 7 she smelled chemicals on the plane and when airline crews spoke over the loudspeaker, she could tell they were wearing masks although masks never deployed for passengers. A Frontier Airlines spokesperson confirmed oxygen masks did not deploy. Frontier Airlines also said the diversion was due to a chemical smell and not due to smoke as airport officials reported."

Quote: "Anzai said emergency crews boarded and checked out the plane, but passengers were told the source of the smell was not found."

Note: That's because the smell didn't come from the plane, it came from the atmosphere through which the plane was flying...

2018-05-20 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Birmingham (Alabama):

2018-05-20 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in the Green Lake area in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2018-05-20 - Kilauea's lava reaches the ocean, posing new threat of hydrochloric acid steam, man hit with lava splatter too:

Quote: "After destroying dozens of houses, lava from the Kilauea volcano has now reached the ocean, presenting a new health threat to Hawaii residents. Civil defense authorities on Hawaii posted a warning to stay clear of any lava stream that is flowing into the ocean. When the super hot lava hits the cooler sea water, it produces what is called 'laze,' hydrochloric acid steam that pours into the air along with fine particles of glass."

Quote: "Firefighters in Hawaii said a man suffered a serious injury to his leg when he was hit with lava spatter from the erupting Kilauea volcano. Fire officials said the man was on his third floor balcony of his home on Noni Farms Road when he was hit in the shin, shattering the bottom part of his leg. Spatter can weigh as much as a refrigerator, and even smaller pieces can be deadly."

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2018-05-21 - Unknown gas odor evacuates government building in Marshall (Minnesota):

Quote: "The Lyon County Government Center and Law Enforcement Center were evacuated Monday afternoon after employees smelled an intense bad odor. County employees and law enforcement officers waited outside for around an hour while the Marshall Fire Department, maintenance workers and county officials did a walkthrough of the buildings. However, firefighters were not able to detect gas in the buildings, said Marshall Fire Chief Quentin Brunsvold. 'We don’t know what happened,' Brunsvold said."

Quote: "It’s possible the odor came from outside, he said. 'We had reports of people smelling it outside the building.'"

Quote: "'All three levels (of the Government Center) were giving a smell of gas,' said Stomberg. Stomberg said the odor seemed to reach many parts of the building, including the county administrator’s office on the second floor, all at once. 'It made some of us dizzy.'"

Note: Smelled like rotten eggs, made people dizzy, wasn't picked up by natural gas detectors, came from outdoors - probably just some poison gas blowing by and getting sucked into the building via the HVAC system. Nothing to worry about unless you're one of those don't-wanna-die kind of people in which case the Earth turning into a big gas chamber and randomly gassing people might be of some concern...

2018-05-21 - Unknown gas odor sickens student(s) and close school in Cabell County (West Virginia):

Quote: "Milton Middle School will be dismissing early today because some student became ill after a natural gas smell."

Quote: "No evidence of a natural gas leak was found inside Milton Middle School, despite a strong odor earlier Monday that closed the school earlier and made some students sick. The gas company tested inside and around the building and found no detectable leak. As a result, school will open Tuesday and be closely monitored. Investigators are not certain what caused the smell, which left some students with headaches and upset stomachs."

Note: Rotten egg odor, no trace of natural gas found, people sickened - probably just some poison gas blowing by here too...

2018-05-21 - Unknown stench hits school and sickens dozens of children in Mykolaiv (Ukraine), near river:

Quote: "Currently, 36 children with a previous diagnosis of 'poisoning by an unknown substance' are in the hospital. Parents of one of the children refused hospitalization; two children are in the intensive care of the city hospital."

Quote: "From the full hypothesis: "There will be more unexplained HazMat events, often involving unusual odors. Eventually the entire populations of towns and cities will drop dead."

2018-05-21 - Car-carrier ship 'Auto Banner' hit by fire, 1460+ cars burn, in coastal Incheon (South Korea):

Quote: "It is said, that 1460 cars on decks 11-13 were burned, several cars on deck 10 also burned out."

Note: This is the new record for most non-junk cars to burn in one fire. The previous record for most non-junk cars to burn in one fire was 1400, set by the massive fire that incinerated 1400 cars in a waterfront parking garage on New Years Eve this past year in coastal Liverpool (Britain), mentioned in the 2017-12-31 update. This is the 440th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-21 - Small plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing and bursts into flame, near Cooking Lake (Canada):

Note: This is the 77th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-21 - Passenger train bursts into flame near coastal Visakhapatnam (India):

2018-05-21 - At least 18 new SUVs go up in flames at 5:42 AM while parked at dealership in North Toledo (Ohio):

Quote: "Nearly two dozen new Jeeps were damaged after a fire broke out in the middle of a parking lot in North Toledo, a Toledo Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said.  Firefighters responded about 5:42 a.m. Monday to a parking lot filled with Fiat Chrysler vehicles at Booth Avenue and Counter Street. Crews reported a column of smoke visible for miles. With plastic and petroleum burning, it produced a heavy amount of black smoke, the spokesman said. Pvt. Sterling Rahe said the fire was primarily located in a group of vehicles in the center of the lot. Firefighters quickly maneuvered through other vehicles to extinguish the flames, he said. About 18 to 22 vehicles sustained damage."

2018-05-21 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, huge pile of scrap metal burns, in Carmel (Maine):

Quote: "Eye witnesses from as far away as Bangor reported being able to see the smoke that was coming from a pile of cars that is reported to be 30 feet wide and 100 feet long."

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2018-05-22 - Unknown chemical smell in basement evacuates apartment building and sickens responders in St. Paul (Minnesota):

Quote: "A firefighter and officer reported feeling dizzy and light-headed, and had lung irritations after being in the basement. They received medical treatment at the scene and were taken to Regions Hospital. After evaluation at the hospital, both were released. It’s unknown what caused the odor and symptoms, Gaede said. 'It was some sort of irritant that dissipated by the time we got there with our sampling equipment,' Gaede said."

Quote: "Officials never determined the cause of the odor."

2018-05-22 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits home at 4:21 AM on Tyson Place in Oldbrook (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 22 May, 4.21am Smell of gas in property, Tyson Place, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Great Holm attended. Firefighters used a gas monitor. There was no trace of a gas leak."

2018-05-22 - Mysterious explosions regularly alarming people in the wee hours in Bucks County (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Another unexplained explosion was reported early this morning in Bucks County. State Police and federal authorities are now investigating the reports of the mysterious nighttime explosions, some of which have been reported to leave holes in the ground. The most recent explosion was heard around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Springfield Township Police have confirmed."

Quote: "'The ground shifting almost shaking. The buildings are shaking, ceiling tiles are moving and windows are rattling,' said Richland Township Police Chief Richard Ficco."

Quote: "The sounds come overnight, from midnight to 5 a.m."

Quote: "Residents say they've been noticing the blasts for weeks now. The continued inability for authorities to determine what is actually causing them is mystifying residents."

2018-05-22 - Passenger plane hit by smoke in Redding (California):

Quote: "40 passengers evacuated from a SkyWest passenger jet after cabin filled with smoke."

Note: This is the 78th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-22 - Landfill fire breaks out in Delhi (India):

2018-05-22 - Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, lava reaches the ground of geothermal plant:

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2018-05-23 - Rotting seaweed producing hydrogen sulfide around coastal Warnbro Sound (Australia):

Quote: "'Hydrogen sulphide can be smelled at very low levels, well below the level where it causes any health effects, so simply smelling it is not a health issue. Based on the volume of wrack usually present in Warnbro Sound, the maximum level of hydrogen sulphide generated is extremely unlikely to pose any risk to human health.'"

Quote: "However, the spokesman said these odours were a short term problem which resolve quickly and were not detrimental to health."

Note: Not true: nobody knows what the long term effects are to human health of smelling even small quantities of hydrogen sulfide regularly. Also, just because they're measuring low concentrations doesn't mean a whole lot, since it's a heavier-than-air gas which will flow to - and then concentrate in - low-lying areas. Might it concentrate enough to create lethal clouds of gas? It doesn't take much to be lethal; 1 part per 1000 can kill a person with one breath. I certainly wouldn't rule out the possibility that it could concentrate to 0.1% hydrogen sulfide levels in low-lying areas when there's no wind and then blow onward at concentrated levels with the wind...

2018-05-23 - Unknown rotten egg odor hitting parts of coastal Timaru (New Zealand):

Quote: "Aoraki Swim School operator Kevin Hessell described it as a 'pungent smell combined with the smell of LPG'."

Note: LPG is odorless so they add methyl or ethyl mercaptan to it, which smells like rotten eggs. So does hydrogen sulfide, which is most likely to hit towns near bodies of water, like oceans, like this city...

2018-05-23 - Church explodes and collapses in Phoenix (Arizona):

2018-05-23 - Fireworks storage facility explodes and burns near Tui (Spain), near the coast, 1 killed, 26 injured:

2018-05-23 - Chemical factory devastated by huge fire in coastal Shanghai (China):

2018-05-23 - Scrap metal fire breaks out on Oak Lane in Kingswinford (Britain):

2018-05-23 - Paper recycling factory erupts in flame at 6:23 AM on River Road in Barking (Britain):

2018-05-23 - Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, cracks open at home, methane in the ground igniting:

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2018-05-24 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits apartment building on Candlewood Lake in Brookfield (Connecticut):

Quote: "A report of gas odor at a Brookfield condo complex Wednesday night prompted a response from Brookfield volunteer firefighters. Crews responded to an automatic alarm at Barnbeck condo complex on Candlewood Lake Road.  The building was evacuated until the source could be located. Eversource, along with Brookfield police and firefighters searched floor by floor with gas meters. No gas readings or smell was detected and no source found."

2018-05-24 - Paper mill damaged by hydrogen sulfide tank explosion near Albury (Australia), 2 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Four workers - three Norske Skog staff and a contractor - were on a tank checking valves about 1.30pm after an annual maintenance shutdown. 'They were apparently all overcome, to varying degrees, by a gas, we think it's hydrogen sulphide,' Norske Skog Albury mill general manager Milo Foster told the local newspaper, The Border Mail. One man died at Albury Base Hospital on Thursday after sustaining burns and inhaling gas, while another worker died overnight. NSW Police confirmed on Friday a 37-year-old Lavington man died on Friday morning, while a 28-year-old Wodonga man died on Thursday. A report will be prepared for the coroner. A third worker remains in a critical condition."

2018-05-24 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at Ben-Gurion Airport near coastal Tel Aviv (Israel):

Quote: "A Germania Airlines plane, with smoke surrounding the passenger area, landed safely at Ben-Gurion Airport. Emergency teams scrambled upon report of the smoke, minutes before the scheduled landing."

Note: This is the 79th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-24 - Metal recycling center hit by huge fire near the Ohio River, cars and scrap metal burn, in Reno (Ohio):

Quote: "Employees are clearing charred debris and there have been small explosions and cars on fire at the site."

Quote: "The Ohio EPA was on site by 6:30 p.m. to investigate concerns over air quality and runoff of foam into the Ohio River."

2018-05-24 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, two cars burn, in Hornell (New York):

2018-05-24 - Pallet business devastated by massive fire, two barns and pallets destroyed, in Bluffton (Indiana):

Quote: "A Bluffton pallet warehouse was damaged by fire Thursday afternoon. Fire crews were called around 5 p.m. to The Pallet Barn at 3650 E 200 N on the northeast side of Bluffton on a report of a fire there. Bluffton Fire Chief Don Craig tells NewsChannel 15 that two barns caught fire, as well as large piles of pallets outside the barns."

2018-05-24 - Series of underground electrical explosions hit Melbourn (Britain):

2018-05-24 - Huge wind turbine bursts into flame near Beaver (Iowa), flames seen 25 miles away:

Quote: "A massive wind turbine caught fire Thursday night near Beaver in Boone county. An emergency manager told us he could see the flames in Woodward, about 25 miles away."

2018-05-24 - Massive wildfire burns out of control and threatens homes in coastal Albany (Australia), another wildfire too:

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2018-05-25 - Noxious odor hits school and sends two students to the hospital in coastal Port Arthur (Texas), blamed on ship:

Quote: "Two students at a high school campus near the Lamar State College Port Arthur campus were transported to a local hospital after some sort of noxious odor was released from a passing ship on the Intracoastal Waterway."

Note: So what ship was it, who is the owner or responsible party, and what was the chemical that was released? You know, in case the doctors treating the students need to know what they're dealing with, or the parents want to file a lawsuit. I notice they don't mention any of that, so they're probably *assuming* the unknown chemical came from an unknown ship. Or maybe it simply came from the ocean right there. Unless they specify the ship and responsible party and the chemical then this looks either like an assumption based on ignorance (incompetence) or a cover story (deception). Either way, incompetent or deceptive, it's hard to take their explanation seriously unless they provide much more information. All we can know for SURE is that an unknown noxious odor hit this school, right on the coast, and sent two students to the hospital...

2018-05-25 - SUV bursts into flame and burns woman to death, man jumps out and is injured, in Port Clinton (Ohio), near Lake Erie:

Quote: "Svihlik was driving west on Ohio 2 when the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer began to smoke and caught fire, the release says. Seconds later, the SUV became engulfed in flames. Svihlik's husband got out of the SUV while it was still moving and fell onto the road, the release says. Svihlik could not get out and was pronounced dead at the scene, the release says."

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

2018-05-25 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in coastal Kingston on the island of Jamaica:

Quote: "An American Airlines aircraft travelling from Miami to Colombia made an emergency landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston (NMIA) this afternoon. Passengers reported seeing smoke coming from inside of the plane and a decision was made to land the aircraft so that it could be investigated."

Note: This is the 80th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-25 - Cargo ship 'Sirina' hit by scrap metal fire in the cargo hold at dock in coastal Southampton (Britain):

Quote: "The blaze broke out on a cargo ship, which is carrying around 28,000 tonnes of scrap metal, at 13:51 this afternoon."

Note: Very similar to the two barges full of scrap cars that went up in flames on the Mobile River in coastal Mobile (Alabama), mentioned in the 2018-05-06 update. This is the 447th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-25 - Landfill hit by massive fire, scrap wood pile burns, in Hillsboro (Oregon):

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2018-05-26 - Car bursts into flame and kills man on I-71 in Richland County (Ohio):

Quote: "Gnim Talle, 19, of Columbus, was a passenger in a 2001 Ford Mustang when it caught fire. He was trapped inside and died at the scene, authorities said. The incident occurred on Interstate 71, near milepost 158 in southern Richland County at approximately 4:20 p.m. The Mustang was northbound on Interstate 71 when it caught fire. Kyshawn Ramsey, 20, was the driver of the vehicle. He pulled to the shoulder where it struck a guard rail and became fully engulfed. Ramsey was not injured."

Note: About 56 miles as the gas blows from where the SUV burst into flame and killed a woman the day prior, in Port Clinton (Ohio), mentioned in the 2018-05-25 update...

2018-05-26 - Landfill fire breaks out before 3:30 AM in Augusta (Maine):

2018-05-26 - Europa-Park, Germany's largest theme park, heavily damaged by massive fire in Rust (Germany):

Quote: "Video footage captured by witnesses showed a huge cloud of black smoke billowing from the park as the flames destroyed the Pirates of Batavia boat ride."

2018-05-26 - Police helicopter and hangar destroyed by fire in coastal Kuwait City (Kuwait):

Quote: "A fire erupted at an aircraft hangar of the Kuwaiti air police department at the Abdullah Al-Mubarak Airbase in the Kuwait International Airport, the Ministry of Interior announced. The fire caught and totally destroyed an AS356-(MOI) 03 Dolphin helicopter, the ministry stated in a press statement."

Note: This is the 81st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-26 - Oil rig 'MV Majestic' devastated by massive fire off the coast of Bayelsa State (Nigeria):

Quote: "The fire which reportedly started Saturday morning engulfed an oil rig owned by Depthwize Nigeria, an oil services firm working at the oil block operated by Conoil Nigeria Limited. The rig is located within Nigerian territorial waters in the Atlantic Ocean off Koluama community in Southern Ijaw area of the state."

Quote: "Although that the number of personnel onboard the ill-fated vessel named MV Majestic could not be ascertained, it was learnt that the 232 feet rig had the capacity to accommodate 120 men on board. Also, a community leader in Koluama, Mr. George Ibobra, confirmed the incident, saying that the people were grateful that no human life was lost in the inferno."

Note: This is the 453rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-26 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, lava moves closer to geothermal plant and to within 150 yards of more homes:

Quote: "Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano is edging closer to a geothermal plant, escalating fears of a potentially lethal and toxic hydrogen sulfide explosion."

Quote: "A series of summit explosions on Saturday spewed ash from Kilauea volcano up to 11,000ft and dusted communities to the south-west, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. The three explosions, which began around 12.42am, came during the fourth week of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles from the Big Island volcano in a century."

Quote: "The number of houses and other structures destroyed by lava flows in the island’s lower Puna district leapt to 82 on Friday, from a previous count of 50 after fissures reactivated in Leilani Estates this week. Another lava flow near the rural housing development slowed and was 150 yards from Pohoiki Road where there are dozens more homes, the observatory said."

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2018-05-27 - Woman falls into fire pit and burns to death at home in Worcester (Massachusetts):

Quote: "She said her mother was fine just 10 minutes before her husband found her. The woman was badly burned and pronounced dead at the scene, Worcester Deputy Fire Chief Martin Dyer said, according to the news outlet."

2018-05-27 - Car bursts into flame at hotel and seriously burns man in St. George (Utah):

Quote: "A male was injured and taken to the hospital after a fire started inside a car parked near the Wingate Hotel in St. George Sunday night. A passerby first noticed a fire inside a Ford Mustang that was in the hotel parking lot at about 10 p.m. Sunday, St. George police officer Lona Trombley said. The male inside the car was unconscious. 'Another citizen who was nearby came and helped them remove the occupant from the vehicle as the fire continue to grow,' Trombley said. 'This person was unconscious and had suffered several burns to their body.' He is expected to survive and is being treated for his burns, Trombley said."

2018-05-27 - After SUV bursts into flame and kills his wife in Port Clinton (Ohio), near Lake Erie, man succumbs to injuries and dies too:

Note: This incident was first mentioned in the 2018-05-25 update...

2018-05-27 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, 17 people sickened, after departing from coastal San Diego (California), man hospitalized:

Quote: "An airline flight out of San Diego was diverted to Phoenix due to reports of an unknown odor in the cabin Sunday. Frontier Airlines flight 1764 left San Diego International Airport at 6:50 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at 9:50 a.m."

Quote: "Fire crews evaluated 17 people at the gate who felt ill from the odor with a 62-year-old man being taken to nearby hospital for additional treatment."

Quote: "It's the second Frontier flight in a week that's been forced to land early due to an odor. Last Sunday, a flight from Tulsa to San Diego diverted to Albuquerque after a chemical smell was reported."

2018-05-27 - Landfill fire breaks out at 3:30 AM, again, in Augusta (Maine):

2018-05-27 - Huge tire fire breaks out at tire recycling center near Agua Prieta (Mexico):

2018-05-27 - Wood mill and huge store of wood destroyed by mammoth fire in Saginaw (Oregon):

Quote: "200 yards by 100 yards of stored wood is also on fire, and crews are dealing with spot fires in surrounding trees."

2018-05-27 - Train and building go up in flames at Zoosiana on Lakeview Road in Broussard (Louisiana):

Quote: "Champagne says the building that houses the train caught fire. The chief believes it had been burning for some time before firefighters arrived."

2018-05-27 - Fire truck bursts into flame while parked inside fire station in Cahokia (Illinois), near the Mississippi River:

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2018-05-28 - Stream dries up, bursts into flame with unquenchable fire and spews foul odor, in Anambra State (Nigeria):

Quote: "The development has caused serious panic in the area because the ground has reportedly begun to emit flames and a strange odor."

Quote: "He said that when the villagers sighted the fire at the waterfall area they thought it was something they could just contain and had to mobilize the youths to put it out with water. But surprisingly, according to him, that was to no avail. He said all the rainfalls so far this year could not quench the bush fire with thick smokes that had been raging with restricted portions in the bush with some stuffs like ceramics around the spots."

2018-05-28 - Thermal power station damaged by huge fire in Sonbhadra (India):

2018-05-28 - Lumber business destroyed by mammoth fire at 11:15 PM in Hoxie (Arkansas):

2018-05-28 - Gas line explodes and burns in field near Subiaco (Arkansas):

2018-05-28 - Landfill fire burns for three days and counting in Panchkula (India):

2018-05-28 - Plastic tote recycling business erupts in flame shortly after 6:30 AM, fire gets huge, in Houston (Texas):

2018-05-28 - Volcano Kilauea erupts again in Hawaii, spews ash 15,000 feet high, and is shaken by magnitude 4.4+ earthquake:

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2018-05-29 - Paraná River suddenly turns blood red near Buenos Aires (Argentina):

2018-05-29 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Amsterdam (Netherlands):

Quote: "A Scandinavian Airlines plane diverted to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport as a precaution on Tuesday after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit, airport and airline officials said."

Note: This is the 82nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-29 - Munitions factory explodes and burns in Daejeon (South Korea), 2 killed, 5 injured:

2018-05-29 - Grain elevator explodes and burns in South Sioux City (Nebraska), 1 injured:

2018-05-29 - Auto salvage yard hit by huge fire, scrap cars and tires burn, on Pickerings Road in coastal Widnes (Britain):

2018-05-29 - Auto recycling plant hit by fire on Perry Road in Dagenham (Britain):

2018-05-29 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Aspropyrgos, near Athens (Greece):

2018-05-29 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hits Albrighton (Britain):

2018-05-29 - Heavy truck bursts into flame at rubber factory, fire spreads to factory, in New Delhi (India):

Quote: "Officials say the fire began in a truck inside the rubber factory and then spread around 5 pm."

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2018-05-30 - Girl, 13, ignites near fire pit, dies shortly later, in Terrace (Canada), near the Skeena River:

Quote: "Grace Peerless, 13, and her family were enjoying a fire in their backyard the evening of May 24 when Grace’s clothing and hair suddenly caught on fire."

2018-05-30 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

Quote: "An American Airlines flight from Portland International Jetport to Philadelphia was forced to land in Boston Wednesday after smoke began filling the cockpit."

Note: This is the 83rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-05-30 - Around 900 previously unknown methane seeps found since 2015 off the coast of the US Northwest:

Quote: "Since the first evidence of underwater methane was discovered in the late 1980s, only about 100 'seep sites' had been identified along the Northwest coast through 2015. They often were discovered by accident, when fishermen would spot anomalies on their fish-finders that turned out to be acoustic reflections of the bubbling methane gas. But over the past two years the scientists – aided by new sonar technology on the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, owned and operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust – have purposefully gone seeking evidence of underwater methane and have expanded the total number of offshore seep emission sites to a whopping 1,000 locations."

2018-05-30 - Underground electrical explosion causes blackouts in Palm Springs (California):

2018-05-30 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Irondequoit (New York):

2018-05-30 - Underground electrical explosion hits Brampton (Britain):

Quote: "Small explosion in Brampton(Carlisle) 30 May 2018 At 15:59 firefighters were called to a small explosion in Front Street, Brampton. On arrival smoke was coming from a grid. It is believed to be a fault with an underground electrical supply. Crews were on standby with a hose reel and extinguishers. Electricity Northwest were called to isolate the supply."

2018-05-30 - Electrical substation erupts in flame in Dhaka (Bangladesh), parts of the city go dark:

2018-05-30 - Transformer bursts into flame near Prospect Road and Route 462 in West Hempfield Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-05-30 - Wind turbine bursts into flame along Benwick Road in Doddington (Britain):

2018-05-30 - Ferry ship 'Paray' bursts into flame in coastal Jagoh in the Riau Islands (Indonesia):

Quote: "Ferry PARAY caught fire at Jagoh port, Linnga Archipelago, Indonesia, in the afternoon May 30, on arrival from Penarik. All passengers already landed, so nobody was injured. Fire engulfed the ship in a short time, and judging from photos, there’s not much of firefighting around, so probably, ferry will burn out."

Note: This is the 464th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

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2018-05-31 - Unknown chemical odor hits DMV and sickens person in coastal Long Beach (California):

Quote: "A strong chemical odor wafting through the DMV office in Long Beach on Thursday, May 31, caused breathing problems for a person and prompted evacuation of the office."

2018-05-31 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane makes emergency landing in Orlando (Florida):

2018-05-31 - Passenger plane pilot has seizure, plane makes emergency landing in Gainesville (Florida):

Quote: "An Allegiant airplane made an emergency landing at Gainesville Regional Airport Thursday morning after its pilot suffered a seizure mid-flight."

2018-05-31 - Passenger has 'medical emergency' on passenger plane after departing from coastal Dublin (Ireland):

Quote: "AN Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Milan diverted to London Gatwick due to a medical emergency involving a passenger."

2018-05-31 - SUV goes up in flames and critically burns person at Benson Park in Omaha (Nebraska):

2018-05-31 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, hundreds of scrap cars burn, in Carrollton (Ohio):

Quote: "The recycling plant owner says about $500 thousand worth of vehicles went up in flames."

Quote: "'It was all contained in the scrap metal,' Wells said. 'He (the owner) said between 300 and 400 cars.'"

2018-05-31 - The Thomas Fire, the biggest wildfire in California history, which began in late 2017, is now officially out:

Note: Whew, it's finally over...and now it's time for fire season!

2018-05-31 - California wildfire count outpacing record-setting 2017:

Quote: "According to Cal Fire, the state has experienced 1,421 fires as of Sunday. During the same time last year, the state had experienced 156 fewer fires, for a total 1,265."

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