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Fire from the sky? Raging wildfires spark evacuations in Sicily, police suspect arson

© NAS Sigonella / Facebook
Police say they believe arsonists are behind a wave of raging wildfires which have engulfed several parts of northern Sicily resulting in evacuations, hospitalizations and substantial fire damage.

Firefighters have been battling more than 500 wildfires which broke out Wednesday and Thursday, spreading quickly due to strong winds and affecting the regions of Palermo, Agrigento, Trapani and Messina.

A number of homes were evacuated in Palermo and more than 15,000 were left without electricity, according to ANSA. Motorways and highways have also been closed as a result of the blazes.

Comment: Or could a meteor/fireball breaking up have started the fire?


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Fiery meteor fireball blazed across SE Canada and NE United States

© Neil Zeller Photography
Meteors like this one, captured last year by photographer Neil Zeller, can be seen about every 15 minutes on any given night.
I was outside, enjoying a nice dinner and drink on a Montreal rooftop Tuesday evening when I saw it - a large fiery ball that blazed across the night sky. Then, as fast as it had appeared it was gone.

The entire incident, which occurred at around 9:30 p.m. ET, lasted all of five seconds, but the fear and paranoia set in for the rest of the night.

The end is near.

Social media

I took to the web to understand what had just happened. I was not prepared to rule out the possibility of alien invasion quite yet and neither were some in the Twitterverse.

Several people turned to Twitter to ask what the ball was.


Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 150 reports (event 2083-2016) about a fireball seen over SE Canada and NE United States on Wednesday, June 15th 2016 around 01:29 UT.

© American Meteor Society (screen capture)



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Bright meteor fireball seen in Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania

This was likely seen in several other nearby states. updates.

Please help get the word about this event so that we might recover security camera video or cell phone captures.

If you have a video or still image please send to me @ [email protected] ; Thank you!

Sighting Reports

10JUN2016 Brian Leland, NC 22:02, EDT,pm 2-3 seconds North east not sure of direction I was facing blue, green Venus no, left trail behind it the color caught my attn and the angle which it fell from the sky

10JUN2016 Steve Williams wrote-"Myself and several friends were attending an outdoor party when we all noticed a bright fireball speeding through that sky. It appeared to be a meteor or fireball. I've never seen anything like it before. It was flying over Glen Allen, VA 23059 at approximately 9:30 pm EST."

10JUN2016 Michael Pearson Charlotte CH, VA 2200 EDT 8 sec Looking east, falling diagonal right to left. Bright blue flashes Bright enough to light up the sky. Very bright Unknown Very amazing. Most spectacular meteorite I've ever seen. Awesome enough for me to look up meteorite sightings.

Comment: To learn more about our increasing fireball activity, including its cause, effects, and role in human history, read Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.

See also:


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Impact over Northern Ireland: Hoax or government cover-up?

© Unknown
On February 13th, 2001, a strange airplane crash was observed in the Southwest corner of Northern Ireland, less than a mile away from the border with the Republic of Ireland. There was no airplane, but despite credible witnesses of what may have been an impact event, the story was quickly squashed as a genuine mistake, and then as a hoax. The manner in which this story was squashed with slashing diminutives begs the question: If this is indeed a cover-up, then why?
BBC News, February 13, 2001
Aircraft crashes on mountain

Police in Northern Ireland are investigating reports that a light aircraft has crashed in County Fermanagh.

It is understood that a plane came down at Benaughlin Mountain near Kinawley shortly after 1800 GMT.

It is believed helicopters are being used in the rescue effort.
One day later the same site had the following report:
Tuesday, 13 February, 2001, 20:56 GMT, BBC News
Mystery surrounds 'plane crash' reports

Mystery surrounds the source of flames and smoke in the sky over County Fermanagh which has sparked a major search operation.

© Unknown
About 12 people described seeing flames and smoke on the side of the Benaughlin Mountain, near Kinawley, on Tuesday night.

Paul McCaffrey, who raised the alarm with a friend, is convinced he saw something in the sky with smoke billowing from it.

"I saw a dot at the front and a black trail of smoke leading down at an angle towards the mountain," he said.

A British Army helicopter using heat sensitive equipment also flew over the area.

But following more than three hours of extensive searches, nothing was found.

Comment: The author seemed to be having something of a prophetic moment. In the fifteen years that have passed since this article was written, the number of fireballs and meteorites has continuously increased at an exponential rate. It's only a matter of time before one does a serious amount of damage that can't be covered up or explained away.

We wait and watch.


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Bright meteor fireball streaks over Sao Paulo, Brazil

© YouTube/Exoss Citizen Science (screen capture)
A fireball visual reported over Sao Paulo on fireballs.imo.net, filmed by Exoss Citizen Science, brazilian meteor monitoring.


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The Kinawley meteorite mystery

On Tuesday, 13 February 2001, at about 6pm, a call was made to the emergency services to report the crash of a small aircraft on Benaughlin Mountain, near Kinawley in County Fermanagh.

Soon, police officers and soldiers were deployed in the area, while a helicopter fitted with heat-seeking equipment searched from the air.

However, nothing was found, and the police were able to establish that all local aircraft were accounted for. The search was called off at 10pm.

The general consensus amongst the emergency services was that the call had been a hoax.

But other's came forward: people, from both sides of the border, who believed they had seen a plane crash. "I saw a dot at the front and a trail of smoke leading down an angle towards, the mountain. I know what I saw," said one witness in Kinawley.

Comment: Back in 2001, such events weren't as common and widespread as they are today. Comets, meteors and fireballs in the sky and becoming more a part of the mass-conscious and today such an event would likely be described as such.


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France expands 'FRIPON' meteor all-sky camera network


Still from video footage of a meteor fireball that exploded over the French Alps in February this year
Tracking space rocks that reach Earth will give insight into the early Solar System

Scientists in France have launched an unprecedented campaign to catch shooting stars, an effort that will rely on thousands of volunteers to comb the ground for bits of space rock.

The programme already includes 68 cameras that scan the skies for meteors, which are seen when bits of asteroid, comet or other planetary material streak through Earth's atmosphere. By the end of this year, some 100 cameras will blanket France, organizers say. That would make it one of the biggest and densest meteor-spotting networks in the world.

"If tomorrow a meteorite falls in France, we will be able to know where it comes from and roughly where it has landed," says Jérémie Vaubaillon, an astronomer at the Paris Observatory and one of organizers of the system. Dubbed the Fireball Recovery and InterPlanetary Observation Network, or FRIPON, it was officially inaugurated on 28 May.

Comment: Note how oblivious they are to the possibility that rates of meteorite discoveries rise and fall with rates of meteor debris hitting the atmosphere.

Note also that they're focused on finding actual meteorites, not on using the all-sky network for watching the skies and tracking the increase in meteor fireballs.

But have they even noticed that??


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Meteor fireball captured on dash cam over Sydney, Australia

© YouTube/CLEARSKIESTV (screen capture)
Whilst driving through heavy traffic towards Sylvania on my way to the Vivid Light Festival, I spotted this meteor fireball blazing across the skies of Sydney.

The time was 5:22pm on Friday 10th June 2016.

Captured on dash cam, this meteor must have been fairly large to be this easily visible while there was still plenty of light in the sky from the setting sun and the light pollution from a busy area of Sydney.


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Meteor lights up skies over western Washington

© Screen Capture Youtube
A screen grab off a YouTube video posted by Darren Clayton showing a meteor streak over the skies of Everett on June 10, 2016.
Several residents of the Puget Sound region reported a bright flash in the sky around 4:30 a.m. and a dashcam video shows it was an apparent meteor burning up in the atmosphere. Darren Clayton was on his way to work around 4:30 a.m. coming from Lake Stevens heading toward the U.S. 2 Trestle.

You can see the fireball on the video around the :50 mark.

KOMO News received several other reports of the flash stretching from Snohomish through Pierce County. There are no reports the meteor made it through the atmosphere.

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Meteor fireball lights up night sky over Klickitat County, Washington

A fiery meteor-bright enough to be classified as a fireball-came crashing into the atmosphere over Goldendale on June 3, only a day after a similar fireball lit up the sky near Phoenix, Ariz.

Seventeen reports of sighting of the meteor came from Washington and Oregon residents posted on the American Meteor Society's webpage. The fireball, which is a meteor that is brighter than the planet Venus, blazed across the sky from west to east for over four seconds, according to many reports. The fireball was yellow and orange in color, and developed a green ionization trail as it entered the earth's atmosphere. Unfortunately, the lack of video capture of the event has yielded minimal publicity. Apparently the exploding Arizona asteroid was given more light.