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Signs Supplement: Fortean Fire
(Messina) - The mysterious phenomenon of the
spontaneous fires that provoked fear and surprise among the residents
of Canneto on the Tyrrhenian coast of the province of Messina has
come to a standstill in the last twelve hours. The thirty or so
inhabitants of the village who were evacuated for security reasons
have not yet been able to go home. Experts of the State Rescue Services
continue to carry out checks whilst awaiting special machinery from
Milan in order to get more precise results.
Yesterday the fires had become paradoxical and were even
breaking out in water pipes or between pieces of electrical wire
which had been cut and were lying on the ground without being connected
to any source of energy. The electricty has been turned
off in Canneto for several days but this did not stop the fires
breaking out. In the course of the last few days the flames developed
again and again without any plausible explanation in domestic appliances,
intercoms, plugs, meters. Checks by electricity company ENEL and
technicians from the RFU have for the moment excluded any link between
the fires and the electrical pylons of the Palermo-Messina railway
line which passes only a few metres from the houses and which the
residents believe are in some way responsible.
IT was just little things at first...a TV would smoulder, a mobile
phone would catch fire.
But then it got worse - a whole lot worse.
Over three weeks fridges, washing machines, cookers and furniture
all began bursting into flames for no reason. Twelve houses were
badly damaged by blazes in the quiet village.
Now, with panic-stricken locals blaming evil spirits and calling
for an exorcism, the mayor has ordered a full-scale evacuation.
Last night Italian TV showed people fleeing in tears while fireman
rushed to fight yet another spontaneous blaze.
Engineers called to Canneto di Caronia, near Messina, Sicily, were
baffled because the fires continued even when the power was cut
Mayor Pedro Spinnato said: "This all began three weeks ago and
we can discover no explanation. We cannot risk a tragedy through
these fires so I have no other option to evacuate.
"We have had engineers in to examine cables and wires but they
can find nothing wrong. Twelve houses have been severely damaged
after various domestic appliances burst into flames.
"But it is not just electrical items. Furniture is also catching
fire for no reason.
"For the time being we have asked families to leave and stay with
friends and relatives so a through examination can take place.
"People are blaming evil spirits and I am being asked to get the
priest to perform an exorcism."
Civil protection chief Tullio Martella said: "What is going on
here is like a scene from some paranormal film.
"The fires continued even when we cut power to the village to see
if that was a possible cause."
"For the time being there is no scientific explanation
and I have never heard of anything like this before."
Last night more than 100 engineers were in the village
and geologists were also due to carry out underground surveys.
AN ITALIAN village was evacuated yesterday as investigators attempted
to explain an outbreak of spontaneous household appliance combustions,
which have left locals fearing for their safety.
Fridges, cookers, televisions, washing machines, mobile telephones
and furniture have burst into flame for no apparent reason at a
dozen houses in the Sicilian village of Canneto di Caronia near
Authorities initially suspected the fires were caused by overhead
cables on a nearby railway line, but the outbreaks continued even
after the village’s electricity supply was cut off, leading
some locals to blame supernatural forces.
Pedro Spinnato, the village mayor, has ordered the evacuation so
further investigations can be carried out.
"This has been going on for three weeks now and there is no explanation
for it. We cannot risk a tragedy through these fires, so I have
no other option but to evacuate the village," said Mr Spinnato.
"We have had electrical engineers in to examine cables and wires
but they can find no explanation. It is not just electrical items,
furniture is also catching fire for no reason.
"Already people are blaming the events on evil spirits and I am
being asked to get the local priest to perform an exorcism."
The civil protection chief, Tullio Martella, said: "For the time
being there is no scientific explanation for it and I have never
heard of anything like this happening before in Italy. The fires
continued even when we cut power to the village to see if that was
a possible cause."
Last night more than 100 engineers were in the village and geologists
were also due to carry out underground surveys.
Nino Pezzino, 42, one of 39 villagers evacuated yesterday, said:
"Twelve of our houses are uninhabitable. Fortunately, for the time
being, the only damage has been to houses and no-one has been hurt,
but you can sense the growing fear.
"How can anyone live in a house where any minute something can
catch fire for no apparent reason?"
Father Gabriel Amorth, the Vatican’s chief expert
on exorcisms, said: "With cases of demon behaviour it is normal
for domestic appliances to be involved and for demons make their
presence known via electricity."
(Lipari) - The bad weather, with a strong northwest
wind and a stormy sea, prevent a team of technicians and experts
of the Civil Emergencies Centre to make an inspection in Panarea,
where the so called phenomenon of the 'boiling sea' resumed. This
phenomenon is due to the creation of sulphur whirpools caused by
underwater de-gasification activities. Staff from the forecast and
prevention of volcanic risks of the CIvil Emergencies Centre and
geo-chemists of the National Institute of Volcanology and Geo-Physics
were due to make exams and analysis, after a superficial boiling
with an intense sulphur smell was noticed by a fisherman among the
Bottaro and Lisca Bianca reefs.
The Lisca Bianca reef was also concerned by a small landslip, as
the Coast Guard and the Lipari major, Mariano Bruno, reported. This
area is the same when the 'boiling see' phenomenon was observed
for the first time in Nov. 2002. After a peak in December it progressively
slowdown. The last inspection on the stretch of water between Bottaro
and Lisca Bianca was made last Monday, when the situation seemed
(Palermo) - The bad weather disrupted the maritime
connections between Sicily and its minor islands. Siremar's ferries
couldn't leave Trapani for Pantelleria, nor Porto Empedocle for
Lampedusa and Linosa, isolated for two days. Also Eolie cannot be
reached by hydrofoils and ferries. The smallest islands of the Eolie
have been in isolation since yesterday. The Egadi are partially
connected, as connections for Marettimo are completely suspended.
The hydrofoil sailed from Palermo to Ustica was forced to came back
because of a strong northwest wind.
EVEN amid the folklore and superstition which
is woven through the fabric of rural Italy, it is a phenomenon which
Sicilians have never faced before: a series of unexplained fires,
arising in household appliances, even when the electricity is switched
But as the village of Canneto di Caronia remained deserted yesterday
amid claims that demonic spirits were to blame for the blazes, the
hysteria had an all too familiar ring for one Scottish mother.
In the 1980s, Carole Compton went on trial in Italy, branded a
witch and a sorceress who used supernatural powers to start fires
in the homes where she was employed as a nanny.
Last night, she was attempting to block from her mind the happenings
in Canneto di Caronia, which bring sinister echoes of the ordeal
which led to her spending 16 months in an Italian jail.
"What happened to me is something that never goes away," she said,
from the home she shares with her husband, Zaroof Fazal, and their
three school-age children in Yorkshire.
"It was a dreadful ordeal, and all this doesn’t help. I don’t
know what’s happening over there now, and I don’t want
to. I have a happy life now. I try not to think about the past."
Italian officials remained at a loss yesterday to explain the cause
of the recent events in Canneto di Caronia. Pedro Spinnato, the
mayor of the village near Messina, ordered residents to evacuate
their homes on Tuesday, to allow investigations to be carried out.
The move follows a series of fires in recent weeks, which have
seen fridges, cookers, televisions, washing machines and mobile
telephones burst into flames spontaneously in 12 different homes.
Enel, the Italian utility company, cut the power to the town after
the first reports but the fires have continued.
Officials are now trying to discover if an electromagnetic disturbance,
caused by a natural phenomenon, or a problem in the electrical supply
network, is to blame.
However, yesterday, fears were escalating that supernatural powers
are at play.
Father Gabriel Amorth, the Vatican’s chief expert on exorcisms,
indicated that the Roman Catholic Church has not ruled out the possibility
of demonic intervention.
According to the Italian daily newspaper, Il Messagero, he said:
"I’ve seen things like this before. Demons occupy a house
and appear in electrical goods. Let’s not forget that Satan
and his followers have immense powers."
The Italian government was yesterday braced for the fact that one
of Europe’s richest and most industrialised nations is once
again hitting headlines around the world as a country where superstition
and fear of the paranormal remain part of modern culture.
The authorities were deeply embarrassed in 1982 when Ms Compton
was arrested amid claims that she was a witch with powers of pyrokinesis
- the supernatural ability to start fires by thought alone.
The young Scotswoman’s ordeal began in 1982, when she went
to Italy with an Italian man she had fallen in love with in her
home town of Ayr.
She found a job caring for the children of the Ricci family in
an exclusive area of Rome. But within weeks she was linked to objects
and religious paintings flying or falling around her, and a number
of fires which broke out in holiday homes used by the Riccis.
Another fire also broke out in the bedroom of the Riccis’
two-year-old son, Emanuele.
When told she was no longer needed, the nanny moved to another
family, but again, objects were said to have inexplicably fallen
off walls in her presence.
When the cot of her three-year-old charge, Agnese, caught fire,
she was arrested.
The grandmother of one of the children accused her of being a sorceress,
and although she was not charged with witchcraft, this formed the
basis of the accusations against her. Italian officials were hugely
embarrassed at the panic surrounding her trial, where Italians used
crucifixes and amulets to ward off evil.
She was found guilty of arson and attempted arson, although a charge
of attempted murder was dismissed.
She was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, but having
spent 16 months in jail on remand, she was freed immediately.
After her release she published Superstition: The True Story of
The Nanny They Called A Witch, a book which included evidence from
experts who suggested she was the unwitting victim of a poltergeist.
Today, she has created a new life with her husband and children
in West Yorkshire. However, it seems the superstition which led
to her imprisonment is still rampant in the land she once called
[...] Locals are convinced they are more likely
the victims of a pyromaniac than a pyschic phenomenon.
Professor Giuseppe Maschio of the University of Messina believes
the fires may have something to do with an electromagnetic field.
"If the results are negative, we must then exclude this hypothesis
along with those of seismic phenomena," said Maschio. [...]
Thessaloniki, 13 February 2004 - A blizzard has struck most of
the country, while Attica is in a state of emergency, as the snow
has made movement in the streets very difficult. Anti-skid chains
are required even at Syntagma Square. Schools and courthouses are
closed. The “El. Venizelos” and 7 other airports have
closed throughout Greece. The General Secretariat of Civic Protection
has recommended emergency measures be taken due to the dangerous
BLIZZARD CLAIMS TWO VICTIMS
| ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Blizzards cut off thousands
of Turkish villages, blocked roads and kept air and sea routes closed
on Friday, while rescue workers battled high seas in the search for
20 men lost when their ship sank off Istanbul. [...]
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — While much
of the talk around the Pentagon these days focuses on "transformation"
of the military, some of the United States' closest allies worry
about another buzzword being used in subtler ways at the National
Reconnaissance Office: "negation."
The nation's largest intelligence agency by budget and in control
of all U.S. spy satellites, NRO is talking openly with the U.S.
Air Force Space Command about actively denying the use of space
for intelligence purposes to any other nation at any time—not
just adversaries, but even longtime allies, according to NRO director
Peter Teets. [...]
The program will include two components: the Counter Communication
System, designed to disrupt other nations' communication networks
from space; and the Counter Surveillance Reconnaissance System,
formed to prevent other countries from using advanced intelligence-gathering
technology in air or space.
"Negation implies treating allies poorly," Robert Lawson, senior
policy adviser for nonproliferation in the Canadian Department of
Foreign Affairs, said at a Toronto conference in late March. "It
implies treaty busting." [...]
Washington - Noting today that the Air Force
will be tasked with the responsibility to prepare for sustained
offensive and defensive space operations, Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld "has formally established the Pentagon infrastructure that
will lead to the weaponization of space," according to Tom Cardamone,
Executive Director of the Council For a Livable World Education
In late 1968, Maj Gen Oris B. Johnson, commander
of the 9th Aerospace Defense Division, wrote an article that helped
open the door for weaponization advocates. In "Space: Today's Front
Line of Defense," General Johnson emphasized the "continuity of
the air/space medium" and the inevitable nature of the Air Force's
growth into space. "Both physically and conceptually," he argued,
"the extension of military systems beyond the lower atmosphere has
turned out to be natural and evolutionary." [...]
It is clear that under the administration of
President George W. Bush, the United States is on a pathway toward
becoming the first nation to put weapons in space. The consequences
of such a major shift in long-standing U.S. policy – which
since the Eisenhower administration has eschewed the deployment
of space weapons – for U.S. and international security, while
not completely predictable, are likely to be widespread and deep
COLORADO SPRINGS - Next time NATO officials
say they're doing a lockdown, the folks in the luxury Broadmoor
neighborhood will take them seriously.
Last week, NATO workers erected security and communications towers
in the area in advance of this week's defense ministers' conference.
By 9 a.m. Friday morning, all 10 lines at Overhead Door Company
of Colorado Springs were lit up with calls from the Broadmoor and
the nearby town of Security complaining that their garage- door
openers had jammed.
More than 400 calls from frantic, frustrated and flustered residents
came on that day alone. They haven't stopped since, said the company's
receptionist, Tina Oetken.
Oetken and her bosses don't think so.
"With over 600-plus calls, it's hard to believe that it can be
anything but" NATO, Oetken said Wednesday. [...]
Is Lucifer loose on Sicily? No lesser figure
than the honorary president of the International Association of
Exorcists believes he may be.
"What is happening is what normally happens when the devil enters
the lives of those who let him in," Father Gabriele Amorth said
yesterday as scientists and officials confessed themselves unable
to explain a string of fires and explosions which began in the middle
of last month in the fishermen's quarter of a Sicilian village.
Thirty-nine inhabitants of Caronia, on the north coast, were preparing
to spend their third night away from their homes last night, having
been evacuated at the weekend.
Since then, in an operation that could have come straight from
the television series X Files, a multi-disciplinary team of experts
armed with measuring devices has been examining the area for clues
to the spontaneous combustion of washing machines, dishwashers,
refrigerators, electricity meters and cables.
Gianfranco Allegra, of the Italian Centre for Electro-technical
Experimentation, told the newspaper Corriere della Sera that he
had watched as "an electrical wire lying on the floor that was not
plugged in to the mains inexplicably caught fire". When he reported
the incident to his superiors in Milan he was told to sober up.
What makes the incidents all the more puzzling is that the area
has been without an electricity supply since January 4.
On Monday the affair took a new turn when a chair burst into flames.
Then a fire started in a water pipe.
The mayor of Caronia, Pedro Spinnato, said yesterday: "I have no
idea what is going on."
He believed that arson had been ruled out.
Tullio Martella, the regional civil defence chief, said the fires
and blasts seemed to derive "from a dispersion of electrical energy,
but the origin of the presumed dispersion has yet to be determined".
The houses in which the fires have broken out are all in an area
350 metres (about 380 yards) by 70 metres between the shoreline
and a railway.
At first suspicion centred on the railway line, but that has now
Yesterday technicians were busy measuring emissions from local
mobile telephone facilities.
But Fr Amorth said they should not rule out vibes of a different
"The priest of the parish ought today to go and bless all the houses
that have witnessed paranormal phenomena, because that is what they
are," he said.
A VILLAGE hit by a series of
mystery fires was in flames again yesterday, leaving experts more
baffled than ever.
The phenomenon began two months ago as fridges, washing machines
and cookers all burst into flames for no reason.
Locals were evacuated amid calls for an exorcism but experts
put the fires down to electrostatic interference from power pylons.
But just a month later, as villagers were moving back to Canneto
di Caronia, near Messina, Sicily, fires have started again.
Disconnected fuse boxes have burst into flames, car central
locking systems blocked up and mobile phones have caught fire.
Yesterday mayor Pedro Spinnato said: "Yes, it's started all over
again. Now we are back to where we started."
Last night experts, surveyors and engineers were probing the
The service car of a night-surveillance
worker (Metronotte) stops.
Yesterday evening the Fiat Fiorino of a pensioner was set afire
inexplicably. And from today's dawn the Fiat Punto of a Metronotte's
worker (a Surveillance Company), one that it guarantees the vigilance
in the rooms of Via 'Del Mare', is blocked inside the off-limits
Its engine doesn't start, but the engine's battery is perfectly
functional. The night has passed away between doubts, uncertainties
and a new mysterious episode in Canneto of Caronia, in the Messinese,
where the citizens have once again fallen in anguish after the
nth inexplicable fire that yesterday evening has completely destroyed
a car, the Fiat 'Fiorino' owned by Mr. Basilio Siracusano.
The pensioner was making return from a small town near Canneto,
Marina di Caronia, when the car began to burn without warning.
From the dawn of today, the Fiat Punto owned by Metronotte's Company,
one that guarantees the vigilance in the rooms of Via Del Mare,
Today the Vigilante, at the moment to drive back home, realized
that the car wouldn't start, in spite of the fact that the battery
was in perfect conditions. The car is going to be impounded by
the local authorities by now. In the meanwhile, waiting for the
arrival of other surveillance machines, the National Fire Departments
carry out measurements with a Geiger counter. Near the surrounding
fences, numerous citizens are waiting for more news, and a civil
employee of the Navy, is waiting to arrange the work to be done
People of a village in Madhya Pradesh
are facing hostility from an unseen and a mysterious enemy.
The people of Ratria village in Neemuch, a district in western
Madhya Pradesh, for the last one week have been coping up with
unexplained fires and stone pelting. And they do not know who
is behind them.
Not only the villagers, even the district administration and
the police have till now failed to provide any solace to the villagers.
The villagers feel that if their problem is not solved soon,
they may soon face shortage of water. "Our wells have started
drying up fighting the fires," said a villager.
Ratria is a village around 20 km from the district headquarters
of Neemuch, with a population of 1,000 people. Most of the villagers
It all started a week back when a fire suddenly broke out in
The villagers did not find anything unusual in the fire. Assuming
that the fire resulted from the stub of a cigarette, short-circuit
or a matchstick, they doused it.
But to the horror of the villagers, breaking out of fires soon
became very common. "Fire breaks out anywhere in the village and
at anytime of the day," said Sardar Singh Gurjar, the headman
of Ratria village.
"We draw water from the wells of the village to douse the fire.
The wells have started drying up. Major fires have broken out
in the villages 11 times in a span of few days," said Gurjar.
But the villagers of Ratria do not have to have to cope with
fire only. "Stone pelting is another problem," said Gurjar.
According to the villagers, they suddenly have to face shower
of stones. "Many people have been injured in the stone pelting
till now," said the chief of Ratria.
"I was going to my fields in a usual manner a couple of days
back when suddenly the stones started hitting me from all directions.
I ran for cover," said Ram Deo, a farmer of the village.
"I thought that it was a mischief. But the same thing happened
on the following day also," he said.
The harassed villagers informed Neemuch Police about the matter.
Taking the incidents seriously, district police chief Yogesh
Deshmukh visited the village. But much to the surprise of Deshmukh,
he and his men also came under the shower of stones and had to
scamper for saving themselves.
Once the "rain of stones" subsided, Deshmukh sent his men to
all directions of the village. He was suspecting the hand of some
mischievous person. But all his men returned empty handed.
"We have deployed policemen in plainclothes in the village. Secondly
we have decided to take scientists to the village to allay the
fears of the villagers. We have also deployed cameramen on rooftops,"
said additional superintendent of police N P Varkade, while talking
to IANS. "We believe it's a mischief," he said.
CANNETO DI CARONIA, Sicily (Reuters)
- The gate at the entrance to this tiny Sicilian village has come
off its hinges and swings in the wind as cats wander into homes
abandoned after a series of mystery fires.
This is not your average ghost town.
Canneto di Caronia has been taken over by an endless flow of
scientists, engineers, police and even a few self-styled "ghostbusters"
searching for clues to the recent spontaneous combustion of everything
from microwave ovens to a car.
The fires started in mid-January and have claimed home appliances
and fuse boxes in about half of the 20 odd houses. The blazes
originally blamed on the devil himself have not hurt anyone.
After a brief respite last month, the flames have flared up again
almost daily even though electricity to the village was cut off
"We're working in the dark. We don't have a single lead so far,"
said Pedro Spinnato, mayor of the trio of Caronia towns.
"Every time some new scientist comes to town they arrive thinking
the whole thing has been invented or that they're going to solve
the mystery in two minutes. They've all been wrong." [...]
"I've seen an air conditioner burst into flames and burn down
in 30 seconds. These are not normal events, but I think we're
going to have to start looking for a different kind of help,"
said Antonio Pezzino, whose house was first hit. [...]
"The fact that the phenomenon occurs only when there are people
present makes it hard to believe that it is a natural, or even
supernatural phenomenon," said Massimo Polidoro. [...]
The hypotheses now range from a build-up of electrical energy
caused by grounding wires running off the railway to a rare "natural
phenomenon" in which surges of electricity rise from the earth's
The fires have even consumed unplugged lamps and an entire apartment.
Black scorch marks still scar the apartment walls.
Italy's big utility Enel cut off electricity to the town and
hooked it up to a generator -- but that caught fire as well. [...]
CANNETO DI CARONIA, Sicily -
There are many ways for evil to arrive but perhaps only one way
to get rid of it: exorcism.
That about sums up the collective psyche of this stone-filled
village perched above the sea after a series of puzzling electrical
shorts, unexplained fires and smoky outbursts that struck in nine
houses, displacing 17 families.
First to explode was Nino Pezzino's television, two days before
Fuse boxes then blew in houses all along the Via Mare. Air-conditioners
erupted even when unplugged. Fires started spontaneously. Kitchen
appliances went up in smoke. A roomful of wedding gifts was crisped.
Computers jammed. Cellphones rang when no one was calling, and
electronic door locks in empty cars went demonically up and down.
The intervening months can be summed up like this: Enel, the
country's electrical company, cut power to the village. Some scientists
came. They studied things. They made declarations about the release
of electromagnetic waves. The town replaced its wires and grounded
them. Now, the weird phenomena seem to have stopped, but
the scientists are at a loss to explain why. [...]
One theory was that high pressure from under the crust of this
volcanic spit of land on Sicily's northern coast had caused underground
shifts that released electrical energy that eventually found its
way to the village.
The supercharged ions, once in contact with man-made electronic
devices, may have caused sparks to fly, the scientists say, especially
since the hamlet is near transmission lines and railroad tracks.
But the fires could just as easily have been caused by some unexplainable
problem in the atmosphere, Mr. Martella said.
"The cause of the fires seems to have been static electric charges,"
he said. "What we don't understand is why there were these static
Even less definitive was Gianfranco Allegra,
of the Italian Center for Electro-technical Experimentation, in
Milan. "No one knows what the cause of these fires are," he said.
"They are inexplicable."
In the absence of clear science, villagers say there is no question
it is the Devil's work. The causes, they say, have more to do
with superstitions in a land known on maps as Demon's Valley,
a veritable cradle of vampire lore. [...]
Inhabitants of the Italian village
of Canneto di Caronia - previously evacuated after domestic appliances
staged an inflammatory uprising - have made a fearful return to
The tiny hamlet earlier this year became the front line of the
war of annihilation between man and machine when normally docile
equipment - including TVs and fuse boxes - began to spontaneously
To add to the terror, mobile phones rang without reason and electronic
car door locks became self-aware. After several house fires, the
residents moved out, and the scientists moved in.
Despite extensive investigations by bodies as diverse as the
National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the National
Research Centre and power company Enel, no single plausible reason
for the occurrences has been found. The theories include a burst
of electro-magnetic energy, or supercharged ions released from
a fault in the Earth's crust, or good old static electricity.
The head of Sicily's Civil Protection Agency, Tullio Martella,
admitted to the NY Times: "The cause of the fires seems to have
been static electric charges. What we don't understand is why
there were these static electric charges." He further conceded
that: "It is not certain that the fires are finished forever.
They were episodic to begin with."
Some villagers, however, are certain they know the cause: mephistopholean
intervention. Nino Pezzino, a 43-year-old insurance salesman who
has just rather reluctantly moved back to his house of terror,
said: "I'm Catholic. I believe in the Devil. I don't know why
the Devil is here. If it happens again, I'm bringing in the exorcist."
Pezzino will not stop at exorcism to purge his
village of this evil: "If we're going to do it, we have to do
it right," he said. "In order to do it, you need a sacrifice for
the immortal gods, like a black goat or a black sheep. You have
to dig a hole into the ground, because this is serious."
It is indeed. And those of us who have been watching the inexorable
rise of the machines with growing alarm know it will take more
than a bottle of Holy water and sacrificial black goat to turn
back the tide.
CARONIA (MESSINA) - Dopo sei
mesi di calma ritrovata, ritorna la paura nella piccola frazione
di Canneto, la borgata teatro, tra gennaio e aprile scorsi, di
misteriosi fenomeni di autocombustione mai definitivamente chiariti.
Negli ultimi giorni dei flessibili, che collegano i tubi dell'acqua
ai rubinetti di bagni e cucine di tre diverse abitazioni della
frazione, hanno presentato inspiegabili fori con conseguenti perdite.
I pezzi idraulici sono stati sequestrati dai Carabinieri che
hanno svolto una serie di sopralluoghi. I cittadini della borgata
hanno avvisato la Protezione Civile a cui hanno chiesto un immediato
monitoraggio. Secondo i residenti, infatti, i fori sarebbero provocati
da dispersione di corrente catodica che dal sottosuolo si propaga
attraverso la condotta idrica. Una tesi già esposta dal
consulente di parte, nominato dagli abitanti della frazione, in
una relazione depositata in Procura.
L'ultimo caso si è verificato ieri notte e anche stavolta
i carabinieri hanno acquisito la prova. Nella frazione di Canneto,
intanto, si attende l'arrivo della Protezione Civile, sollecitata
dai residenti quattro giorni fa, dopo la ripresa di misteriosi
episodi collegabili alla presenza di elettricità nel terreno.
Niente a che vedere con gli incendi che tra gennaio ed aprile
tennero in scacco esperti provenienti da tutta Italia, ma piccoli
fori negli impianti dell'acqua che arriva in casa.
Episodi, questi ultimi, che secondo Franco Valenti, consulente
di parte degli abitanti, sembrano confermare le ipotesi depositate
nelle precedenti relazioni. «Si tratta di correnti catodiche
localizzate sulle condotte - scrive Valenti in una relazione -
che incrementano lo squilibrio geoelettrico del sottosuolo, in
presenza di cariche vaganti». In pratica, secondo l'esperto,
bisognerebbe realizzare le adeguate protezioni catodiche alla
rete idrica per evitare che l'elettricità, evidentemente
presente ancora nel terreno, raggiunga le case.
| (AGI) - Messina, 23 October -
A joint summit of the inter-institutional work group of the civil
protection forces and the technical consultants of the Mistretta
prosecutor's office (Messina) will take place tomorrow morning.
Their task will be to try and understand what is happening in Canneto
di Caronia, in the province of Messina, where many families have
reported cases of plumbing pipes suddenly perforated, attributing
this occurrence to the dispersion of electrical current. The same
thing had happened at the beginning of 2004 when a series of mysterious
fires had taken place. Stray current, has this time affected Caronia's
aqueduct which has no cathodic protection. The technicians of the
prosecutor's office and the civil protection forces will examine
the broken tubes and will try to draw some initial conclusions on
this anomalous incident which is filling local families with fear
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