Oct 18, 2014 I Paul Seaburn

Mysterious Spontaneous Combustions Return to Sicilian City

Things are suddenly catching fire for no apparent reason in the small Sicilian village of Canneto di Caronia. That was true in January of 2004 and it’s happening again today as residents report the spontaneous combustion of things like mattresses, beds, cars, unplugged appliances and switched-off cell phones.

The mysterious spontaneous combustions of Canneto di Caronia began in the middle of January 2004 when electrical appliances such as refrigerators, radios and televisions began catching fire even when unplugged and there were reports of fires in bundles of wires not plugged into an electrical socket. Enel , the local electric company, cut off power to the village but the fires mysteriously continued.

The mayor had the village evacuated and inspected by the fire department and police, who found no evidence of arson and no logical explanations. When a fire started at the local water pipeline station, the mayor shut it down and called in outside investigators. Experts from the railroads, electric companies, universities, the military and environmental agencies also found no logical or natural reasons for the fires.

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Police inspect mysteriously burned objects in Canneto di Caronia.

After a few months of no fires, the residents were allowed back into their village, only to have the fires begin again in April 2004. Again, no logical causes were found and the fires seemed to end by August. The electric company made improvements to the grid but could did not say if they solved the problem. They didn’t, because the fires have occurred sporadically ever since.

In 2007, an Italian newspaper published a leaked government report which blamed the fires on “aliens” because they were “caused by high power electromagnetic emissions which were not man-made and reached a power of between 12 and 15 gigawatts.”

And now the spontaneous combustions are back again and increasing in frequency. Starting in late summer 2014, residents reported unexplained fires in furniture, stacks of folded clothes and a car. As a result, the poor citizens of Canneto di Caronia have been evacuated again while firefighters put out blazes and look again for causes.

This time, suggestions include UFOs, a Tesla-type Magnifying Transmitter, ghosts or evil spirits or even a troubled young person who is pyrokinetic. Sicily's council member for health and safety Vittorio Alfieri thinks the cause is "an entity" that transfers "from one house to another."

Or something else?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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