Oct 27 2007 By Stephen White (DailyRecord.co.uk)
Village Fires Blamed On Ufos
A SERIES of bizarre fires in a village were caused by aliens testing weapons, Italian government officials believe. A report into the unexplained fires in fridges, TVs and mobile phones blamed creatures from outer space.
Canneto di Caronia was the centre of world attention three years ago after residents reported everyday household objects bursting into flames. News footage at the time showed electrical appliances, cookers, a pile of wedding presents and items of furniture smouldering.
Dozens of experts, including scientists, electrical engineers and military personnel, arrived in the village on Sicily, 60 miles east of Palermo, to investigate the phenomenon.
Arson was quickly ruled out and at one stage an amazed scientist was interviewed after he described how he saw an unplugged electrical cable burst into flames. Locals were quick to blame supernatural forces.
At the time, the Vatican's chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, agreed, saying: "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."
Now an interim report by the civil protection department into the strange goings-on has been leaked and published in several Italian newspapers. The investigation has so far taken two years and cost around £1million
It concludes that the most likely cause was "aliens testing secret weapons". The conclusion that aliens were responsible was supported by the testimony of numerous residents who claimed to have seen UFOs overhead at the time of the fires.
According to the report, the fires were "caused by high-power electromagnetic emissions which were not man made and reached a power of between 12 and 15 gigawatts". The report also contains details of a possible UFO landing close to Caronia after "burnt imprints which have not been explained were found in a field".
Yesterday, Francesco Mantegna Venerando, Sicily's civil protection chief, said: "This is not the final report. We are still working on our conclusions and this has been leaked. "We are not saying that little green men from Mars started the fires but that unnatural forces capable of creating a large amount of electromagnetic energy were responsible. "This is just one possibility. We are also looking at the fires being caused by testing of top secret weapons by an unknown power who are also capable of producing an enormous amount of energy."
Last night, the town's mayor Giuseppe Collura was unavailable for comment!!