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The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating, as well as DEM. All agencies are looking into whether the fires were accidental or set intentionally.
originally posted by: Bigburgh
a reply to: Shamrock6
According to the article you posted.
The official stated that there was nothing to indicate that this was "Man Made" .
What the heck? Then what blew up? So beaches have natural gas pockets that ignite at random?
At that point, he said, there was still no clear explanation of what he described as "an energy transfer'' that could have been a result of natural or man-made causes, that had disrupted the sandy beach in the same way a lightning strike might have done.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Firefighters are investigating after three boats caught fire early Friday morning.
Crews responded to the Port of Galilee around 1 a.m. for reports of two boats on fire.
Eyewitness News has learned that a third boat also was on fire, according to environmental police.
Quote: "He said there were also some reports that people on the beach smelled some sort of chemical smell, perhaps sulphur or butane."
Quote: "Another beachgoer, Stacey Beal, described a gas odor at the scene."
Quote: "Witnesses described hearing a loud boom noise and seeing the woman get launched from her beach chair into the air. Others reported smelling chemicals, like sulfur, but oddly, there was no smoke or other indications of an explosion."
Note: And the day prior, three fishing boats went up in flames in the wee hours in Narragansett too, mentioned in the 2015-07-10 update. Off the East Coast, a methane clathrate deposit containing 5 trillion pounds of methane is dissociating (melting). Some of that gas will migrate up through the ground and cause explosions and fires. People smelled something too, and that was probably hydrogen sulfide, the sulfur smell or 'gas odor'. The two gases go together because the ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that produce hydrogen sulfide eat, among other things, methane. This event is similar to the explosively-formed gas-explosion craters seen in the last year or so on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia (Russia). This is one of those 'marker events' that we'll be able to look back on later as more coastal areas explode around the world...
originally posted by: Rezlooper
a reply to: Bigburgh
The simple fact that witnesses reported sulfur smell, which means hydrogen sulfide, this means chances are that this was an explosion of a roaming plume of hydrogen sulfide gas that came in off the coast. Same with the boats that caught fire. Elsewhere along the East Coast, all kinds of crazy things been happening, like sharks coming in to feast on unsuspecting swimmers in numbers never seen before, loud supersonic booms, fish and dolphin die offs, and literally hundreds of mysterious fires and explosions along the coast. You can verify these events on the Jumping Jack Flash website. And remember that within the past couple of years over 500 large methane vents were discovered leaking massive amounts of the gas at the bottom of the sea floor off the coast along the Carolinas and Virginia, and scientists at the time said they feared there could be thousands of these vents, which since then, I bet they know there are thousands of these vents and just haven't said so. The Gulf Stream itself has slowed up along the East Coast causing a lot of problems for Europe, via the extreme weather they have been witnessing and that may be having a reverse effect down by Florida...meaning I wonder if that could be why the US Coast has seen so few hurricanes in the past 7 years while most other parts of the world are experiencing much more drastic and extreme weather, like the typhoons in the Pacific, just in the past three years, two of the strongest recorded wind storms on record have occurred, and not to mention Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Oh well,, sorry for the ramble, but I'm just trying to show how all these things on the East Coast are connected to my theories about dangerous gases, methane and hydrogen sulfide, and how these events have increased a very lot since I originally proposed the theory in December of 2012.
But scientists recently discovered something mind-bending about lightning: Sometimes its flashes are invisible, just sudden pulses of unexpectedly powerful radiation. It’s what Joseph Dwyer, a lightning researcher at the Florida Institute of Technology, has termed dark lightning.
So, you believe that this is old munitions, a land mine left over, or something like that and this is on a popular public beach and yet, finally this lady happened to be unlucky enough to step on it?
WPRI correspondent Madeline Wright says officials are looking into a buildup of gas or a shift in the jetty as a possible cause for the blast. Officials said there was clear evidence of a "ground disturbance" at the site.
"There was some type of noise and some type of energy transfer," Chief Kurt Blanchard, of the Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management, told WPRI.
nvestigators dug up a power cable Monday under the sand near the site of the blast, but National Grid, the power company, said there was no indication it was related to the incident. National Grid said it is unclear whose cable it is and whether it was live.
University of Rhode Island oceanography professor John King said the blast could have been caused by a buildup of methane underground. King said it's possible decaying seaweed generated the gas.
Dogs and chemical swipes were used to determine no explosives were involved.