Piezoelectric Fires in Anderson, Indiana
by Abbey Doyle for The Herald Bulletin
April 1, 2011
Anderson police are trying to crack the case of the burning safe.
Early Friday morning a passerby reported seeing a large metal object engulfed in flames in the 6300 block of County Road 50 West. When Madison County Sheriff's deputies responded to the fire, they discovered the item was a large safe - about 24 inches by 24 inches. And they don't think the safe was intentionally set on fire, Anderson police spokesman Sgt. Mitch Carroll said.
The investigation has revealed that the fire was started by a spark from metal tools used to try to pry the safe open, he said. Deputies began to investigate the contents when they got word that a safe had been reported stolen in a burglary less than 30 minutes after the safe's discovery.
Anderson police received a call of a burglary at 7:30 a.m. from a home in the 4900 block of Atlanta Street.
The homeowners are out of town, but their adult children - a 19-year-old son and a 23-year-old daughter - were in the home at the time of the reported burglary. The two told police they slept through the whole thing, which they say happened sometime between 2 and 7 a.m.
Taken from the home was the safe, a 50-inch flat screen television and a 32-inch flat screen television. When the safe was discovered, officers found burnt paper work but nothing else. The homeowner by phone told police she kept prescription medication in the safe - it hasn't been found, Carroll said.
The safe and the larger TV were taken from the room where the 19-year-old was sleeping. The teen's mother, when reached by phone, told police he is a deep sleeper, Carroll said. The second TV was taken from the room where the daughter was sleeping.
The reported burglars got into the home through an unlocked sliding door, those home at the time of the burglary told police.
One thing that has detectives still scratching their heads is the location of the safe. It was found in the middle of a dewy front yard with no signs of arson or signs of anyone around it at all, Carroll said. No footprints or evidence was found around the safe either.
The incident remains under investigation.
by Justin Schneider for the Herald Bulletin
August 29, 2007
To Paul Porcaro, it sounds like the idling engine of a faraway car. His wife, Sadie, hears moving water.
However it is described, "The Sound" can't be found.
For the past two years, the Porcaros have been troubled by a strange and unexplained noise at their home on Anderson's east side.
"We keep the radio on during the day just to drown it out," Paul said. "At night, it's hard to sleep."
It is worth noting that Paul and Sadie are not crazy and that the couple have investigated every plausible explanation. "The Sound" is certainly not the hum of a refrigerator, the buzz of fluorescent lighting or the drone of a neighbor's television set.
In fact, "The Sound" is a relatively new phenomenon. The Porcaros moved into the house on Lansdown Way in December 1988. Everything was fine for 17 years, until "The Sound" appeared and never went away.
"I was concerned that something was wrong," said Joseph Porcaro, Paul and Sadie's son, who relocated his parents from New York when he accepted a job at Community Hospital. "I called several professionals."
The Porcaros called Sweigart's Plumbing to have the pipes inspected and the sump pump replaced, but it didn't help. They called an electrician to check the wiring, a building inspector and even Mustin Builders, which erected the home in 1973, but "The Sound" persisted. They had the air conditioning and furnace inspected. They even called Anderson City Utilities, which provides the home with water, sewer and electrical services. "The Sound" would not die.
Paul said everyone who listened heard the sound, but none could find the source or offer an explanation.
Set foot outside the Porcaro's home, and "The Sound" disappears. But at night, the couple says, it grows louder.
Paul wears hearing aids in both ears, but he's convinced that has nothing to do with it.
"When I take out the hearing aids, it gets even louder," Porcaro said. "It's a vibration."
"The Sound" bears more than a passing resemblance to the "Kokomo Hum." First reported in 1999, it was heard by dozens of residents of the town and, many believe, caused them to fall ill with fatigue, nosebleeds, headaches and diarrhea. More than 80 complaints were submitted to the office of Sen. Richard Lugar and the curiosity received media attention from ABC News and others.
Things got so bad the town hired a consultant, Jim Cowan of Massachusetts-based Acentech, to undertake a 10-month study of the sound. He traced the hum to low-frequency and infrasonic tones generated by industrial sources, namely a cooling tower fan on the roof of Kokomo's DaimlerChrysler Casting Plant and an air compressor fan at Haynes International.
"This phenomenon is not isolated to Kokomo, Indiana, USA," Cowans told the Kokomo Tribune. "I have been contacted by people across the country, as well as from other countries around the world, who are having similar experiences to those in your community. To adequately solve this problem, any further study into this phenomenon should therefore be on a national, if not international, level."
"Hums" have been reported in Taos, N.M., Auckland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. A Web site pertaining to the "Taos Hum" has been created and lengthy entry about "The Hum" is available through Wikipedia.
I visited the Porcaros to hear "The Sound" for myself. Paul hears the sound throughout the entire house, but Joseph said it is strongest in the bedroom near a west-facing window. I stood, strained my ears and distinctly heard it.
The sound I heard was very distant; if it were a car running, it would have to be blocks away. In fact, I didn't so much hear it as feel it. It had a hollow quality, like air passing through a length of pipe. Once I knew what to listen for, I heard the sound all over the house, too.
"It doesn't bother you after a while," said Sadie, 86.
Joseph pointed out that "The Sound" is constant, but it changes at irregular intervals.
"It modulates a little bit," Joseph said. "It's not constant. It changes frequency."
There is little commercial activity near the Porcaro home and no industrial operations. But power lines have been known to emit a humming sound, and there is a substation behind East Side Middle School, just a few hundred yards away. Power lines run behind the Porcaro home, between Lansdown and Roby. There appears to be a utility easement just 50 yards or so north of the Porcaro home.
But the Porcaros have not considered moving.
"We love the area; we love the house," Paul said. "But this is terrible. It's like we have a haunted house."
But Joseph has wondered whether, when the day comes, he must inform the buyer or real estate agent about "The Sound."
"Maybe it's part of those disclosure agreements, I don't know," he said. "Whoever buys it will be buying a mystery. They should pay more for that."
"Hums," low-frequency sound phenomena similar to the one experienced by Paul and Sadie Porcaro, have been reported in Taos, N.M., the United Kingdom and New Zealand. In the case of the "Kokomo Hum," the sound was traced to local industry. But here are some more interesting explanations that have been suggested:
- Man-made noise: Low-frequency sounds generated by industry or stereo subwoofers can be amplified by walls and structural geometry
- Infrasound: Geological changes and plate tectonics can generate sounds too low to be perceived by the human ear, called infrasound
- Pulsed microwaves: Similar to the microwave auditory effect, in which audible clicks are produced by microwave frequencies generated inside the human head
- Extremely low-frequency communication systems: Submarines communicate using ELF radio transmissions that may produce other audio effects
- Ionospheric heaters: Antennae in Alaska, Puerto Rico, Norway and Russia used to heat the ionosphere create light effects similar to the aurora borealis and may create sound, as well
- Tinnitus: A hearing condition that produces ringing or "whooshing" in the ear when no actual sound is present
- Tensor tympani: According to a German study, vibration of the tensor tympani, a muscle that tightens the eardrum, may cause a humming effect
Contrary to the hypothesis offered by seismologists, the reason why these tremors are not registered as earthquakes is due to their atmospheric origin. Instead of being caused by subterranean movements, which would be picked up as seismic disturbances, these tremors are the result of an ultra-low frequency resonance of standing waves.
The erratic source of these infrasound standing waves are solar flares transduced as atmospheric vibrations that are focused by the Orion pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Anderson, Indiana (40.09°N 85.68°W) is 6,141 miles from Giza, or 24.67% of the Earth's mean circumference distance of 24,892 miles.
Other unusual events caused by infrasound standing waves focused in the central Indiana region include levitating sandstone boulders in Yellowwood and Limon State Parks, enhanced consciousness in prodigous children, as well as significant changes in the decay rates of radioactive elements.This website has covered many major stories involving infrasound resonance convergence points, including Llanidloes, Mawnan, Hull, Saffron Walden, Bridlington, Goa, Klai, Auckland, Sydney, Ontario, White Rock, Ranchlands, and in the US in Newport, Kimberley, Menomonee Falls, Pelham, Richmond, Wilmington, Nashville, Knoxville, Mobile, north Florida, Knob Noster, Denver, Seattle, Novato, Arroyo Grande and Atwater.
The cases have become so severe that spontaneous combustion of objects by piezoelectric induction has been recurring in spates - in areas such as Tenerife, Babura, Lalapansi, Mapuve, Bodibe, Landovica, Longford, Glasgow, Messina, Peschici, Berici, across northern Greece, Ratria, Kakori, Mumbai, Kishtwar, Rangrik, Kota Baru, Santo Tomas, Georgetown, La Pampa, Melipilla, and in the US in Bellvue, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, San Mateo, Vallejo, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Brentwood and New York City>.