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Investigating the Mysterious Fires in Italy

We've written about the fires that are breaking out spontaneously, without an obvious cause, in a small town in Sicily. People there have also been unable to unlock their cars without setting off their alarms. (The same thing has happened to cars in Nevada and the U.K.) Scientists, engineers, police and paranormal researchers have come to the town of Canneto di Caronia to search for clues to mystery.

Shasta Darlington writes that the fires stared in January, and have been flaring up almost daily ever since, even though electrical power to the village was cut off long ago. Two fire trucks and a police jeep sit outside the town, ready for the next fire. A van with a rotating antenna on its roof is parked next to them, measuring radio waves. Many citizens have moved out of their homes and into hotels for safety. Their houses and apartments are filled with geomagnetic, meteorological, electromagnetic and electrostatic measuring devices installed by researchers. Police ruled out arson after they saw wires spontaneously burst into flames. Now researchers think the fires are due to a build-up of electrical energy?but they don't know where it's coming from.

"We're working in the dark. We don't have a single lead so far," says mayor Pedro Spinnato. "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."

Antonio Pezzino, whose house was one of the first to burst into flames, says, "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."

Massimo Polidoro says, "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. But we don't exclude further investigation if things aren't eventually explained."

Exorcist Gabriele Amorth says, "I've seen things like this before. Demons occupy a house and appear in electrical goods."

Mayor Spinnato says, "Someone wrote to us saying the solution was to sacrifice a black goat and collect its blood. At some point, that's going to start looking like a good idea."

One of the big mysteries that still isn't solved is why boats and planes are STILL going down in the Bermuda Triangle.

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