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TRANSFORMERS (more than meets the eye?!) COMPILATION OF 39+ TRANSFORMER INCIDENTS past month

 
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Here's a list of compiled transformer incidents that have happened within the last 3 1/2 weeks. I don't know if this is the usual number of transformer fires, explosions, and problems over the course of three and a half weeks, but it seems kind of high to me. I left out several in India and Africa which could simply be attributed to poor infrastructure, and also disregarded reports blaming wrecks, storms, or squirrels.


4/20/11 Hartford, Connecticut (transformer fire and power outage) [link to articles.courant.com]

4/20/11 Marion, North Carolina (transformer explodes at Duke Energy substation causes outage) [link to www2.mcdowellnews.com]

4/21/11 North Manchester, New Hampshire (transformer fire) [link to nashuajournal.tk]

4/23/11 Palm Beach, Florida (transformer overheats in club) [link to www.palmbeachdailynews.com]

4/24/11 North Platte, Nebraska (blown transformer) [link to www.northplattebulletin.com]

4/24/11 Petaluma, California (blown transformer causes fire) [link to petaluma.patch.com]

4/26/11 Frederick, Maryland (transformer fire) [link to www.fredericknewspost.com]

4/27/11 North Canton, Ohio (transformer malfunction causes building fire) [link to www.cantonrep.com]

4/28/11 Meriden, Connecticut (transformer fire in apartment) [link to www.myrecordjournal.com]

4/30/11 Newark, New Jersey (transformer fire at Seton University) [link to www.thesetonian.com]

5/4/11 Torrington, Connecticut (transformer fire causes power outage) [link to www.rep-am.com]

5/4/11 Ridgewood, New Jersey (blown transformer) [link to www.northjersey.com]

5/5/11 Topeka, Kansas (blown transformer causes power outages at three schools) [link to www.wibw.com]

5/5/11 and 5/13/11 Bathinda, Punjab, India (burned transformers) [link to www.punjabnewsline.com]

5/6/11 Shelton, Connecticut (overheated transformer at high school) [link to shelton.patch.com]

5/9/11 Champaign, Illinois (transformer failure) [link to www.news-gazette.com]

5/9/11 Bryan, Texas (blown transformer causes fire) [link to www.kbtx.com]

5/10/11 Kanpur City, Uttar Pradesh, India (transformer catches fire, burns down 10-15 shops) [link to english.ntdtv.com]

5/10/11 Snellville, Georgia (exploded transformer in flames) [link to snellville.patch.com]

5/10/11 St. George, Utah (transformer causes power outage) [link to www.thespectrum.com]

5/10/11 Oak Grove, Oregon (transformer fire) [link to www.oregonlive.com]

5/12/11 Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada (transformer causes power outage) [link to ckdp.ca]

5/12/11 Sumter, South Carolina (blown transformer at elementary school) [link to www.theitem.com]

5/12/11 Fort Worth, Texas (lightning storm exploding transformers) [link to www.cbsnews.com]

5/12/11 Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin (exploded transformer at factory) [link to www.nbc15.com]

5/12/11 Deatsville, Alabama (transformer fire at Alabama Power substation) [link to www.wsfa.com]

5/12/11 Houston, Texas (blown transformers - check out the "fireworks/swamp gas"-like explanation) [link to abclocal.go.com]

5/12/11 Wilmington, Delaware (transformer problem causes outage) [link to www.delawareonline.com]

5/12/11 Sandy Springs, Georgia (transformer fire at Georgia Power substation) [link to sandysprings.patch.com]

5/13/11 Piney Point, Maryland (transformer explodes at a campground) [link to www.thebaynet.com]

5/13/11 Las Vegas, Nevada (exploded transformer behind casinos) [link to www.thestar.com]

5/13/11 Ukiah, California (Medical Center transformer power outage) (search Google -in Ukiah Daily Journal)

5/14/11 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (transformer causes power outage that "sounded like an explosion") [link to thetimes-tribune.com]

5/14/11 Hillcrest, New Zealand (transformer erupts in flames) [link to www.stuff.co.nz]

5/14/11 New City, New York [NOT New YORK City] (power outage due to transformer) [link to newcity.patch.com]

5/14/11 Wentzville, Missouri (transformer fire trips tornado sirens) [link to www.stltoday.com]

5/15/11 Karachi, Pakistan (transformer on pole causes power outage) [link to www.dawn.com]

5/15/11 Dixon, California (transformer explodes) [link to dixon.patch.com]

5/15/11 Grand Rapids, Michigan (transformer fire in apartment) [link to www.woodtv.com]

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This is crazy.

Now I wonder- how are the animals doing in these locations? Any birds fall out of the sky for example?
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blink wtf
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The question is, is this normal?

You would need more data and do a comparison to see if this is normal.
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This is highly unusal for this time of year. Usually happens in summer -- not spring.

Something is defintely up.
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per GLP thread Thread: BREAKING!!! Transformer explosions just now in Hoboken, New Jersey!

5/15/11 Hoboken, New Jersey (transformer explosion) [link to www.nj.com]
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good work OP
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I think its birds blowing the power grid transformers. Something is screwing with the birds heads and they fly into the power lines and go boom.

I knew this happened outside of a place I worked at. Two ducks took off and the lead duck flew into the power transformer whereby it exploded. Duck number two was blown out of the sky since it was right behind duck number 1.

Duck 1 was toast and duck 2 was smoking but still kicking. shocking.
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EMF ----- transformers are coils, that usually step down the AC power to say 220v.

Transmitions, or solar flares could indeed cause over voltage that would blow transformers - lightning yes.
birds shorting out terminals - yes

They do ware out ----- the old ones have toxic stuff - probably lead also.
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EMF ----- transformers are coils, that usually step down the AC power to say 220v.

Transmitions, or solar flares could indeed cause over voltage that would blow transformers - lightning yes.
birds shorting out terminals - yes

They do ware out ----- the old ones have toxic stuff - probably lead also.
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Nice compilation OP 5*
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Thanks, OP.
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Nice compilation, OP.

I hate to throw a wrench into this, but seeing as this is the month of May, coming directly after the month of April, let's just say that April showers bring May flowers. So considering there's been considerable rain in many locations, adding to the moisture in transformers, combined with a probable lack of maintenance of many of these, what we are seeing is the result of lack of maintenance + moisture.

Here's a great article about transformers and maintenance and what causes them to break down:

[link to www.electricity-today.com]

Transformer Maintenance: The Cheapest Form of Insurance
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Good job op, I have been looking for something like this. thanks
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Very strange, there weren't any significant earth facing solar flares or CMEs during that period that I remember

Were transformers the only thing affected?
Did computers go kaput as well?
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Here's a list of compiled transformer incidents that have happened within the last 3 1/2 weeks. I don't know if this is the usual number of transformer fires, explosions, and problems over the course of three and a half weeks, but it seems kind of high to me. I left out several in India and Africa which could simply be attributed to poor infrastructure, and also disregarded reports blaming wrecks, storms, or squirrels.


4/20/11 Hartford, Connecticut (transformer fire and power outage) [link to articles.courant.com]

4/20/11 Marion, North Carolina (transformer explodes at Duke Energy substation causes outage) [link to www2.mcdowellnews.com]

4/21/11 North Manchester, New Hampshire (transformer fire) [link to nashuajournal.tk]

4/23/11 Palm Beach, Florida (transformer overheats in club) [link to www.palmbeachdailynews.com]

4/24/11 North Platte, Nebraska (blown transformer) [link to www.northplattebulletin.com]

4/24/11 Petaluma, California (blown transformer causes fire) [link to petaluma.patch.com]

4/26/11 Frederick, Maryland (transformer fire) [link to www.fredericknewspost.com]

4/27/11 North Canton, Ohio (transformer malfunction causes building fire) [link to www.cantonrep.com]

4/28/11 Meriden, Connecticut (transformer fire in apartment) [link to www.myrecordjournal.com]

4/30/11 Newark, New Jersey (transformer fire at Seton University) [link to www.thesetonian.com]

5/4/11 Torrington, Connecticut (transformer fire causes power outage) [link to www.rep-am.com]

5/4/11 Ridgewood, New Jersey (blown transformer) [link to www.northjersey.com]

5/5/11 Topeka, Kansas (blown transformer causes power outages at three schools) [link to www.wibw.com]

5/5/11 and 5/13/11 Bathinda, Punjab, India (burned transformers) [link to www.punjabnewsline.com]

5/6/11 Shelton, Connecticut (overheated transformer at high school) [link to shelton.patch.com]

5/9/11 Champaign, Illinois (transformer failure) [link to www.news-gazette.com]

5/9/11 Bryan, Texas (blown transformer causes fire) [link to www.kbtx.com]

5/10/11 Kanpur City, Uttar Pradesh, India (transformer catches fire, burns down 10-15 shops) [link to english.ntdtv.com]

5/10/11 Snellville, Georgia (exploded transformer in flames) [link to snellville.patch.com]

5/10/11 St. George, Utah (transformer causes power outage) [link to www.thespectrum.com]

5/10/11 Oak Grove, Oregon (transformer fire) [link to www.oregonlive.com]

5/12/11 Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada (transformer causes power outage) [link to ckdp.ca]

5/12/11 Sumter, South Carolina (blown transformer at elementary school) [link to www.theitem.com]

5/12/11 Fort Worth, Texas (lightning storm exploding transformers) [link to www.cbsnews.com]

5/12/11 Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin (exploded transformer at factory) [link to www.nbc15.com]

5/12/11 Deatsville, Alabama (transformer fire at Alabama Power substation) [link to www.wsfa.com]

5/12/11 Houston, Texas (blown transformers - check out the "fireworks/swamp gas"-like explanation) [link to abclocal.go.com]

5/12/11 Wilmington, Delaware (transformer problem causes outage) [link to www.delawareonline.com]

5/12/11 Sandy Springs, Georgia (transformer fire at Georgia Power substation) [link to sandysprings.patch.com]

5/13/11 Piney Point, Maryland (transformer explodes at a campground) [link to www.thebaynet.com]

5/13/11 Las Vegas, Nevada (exploded transformer behind casinos) [link to www.thestar.com]

5/13/11 Ukiah, California (Medical Center transformer power outage) (search Google -in Ukiah Daily Journal)

5/14/11 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (transformer causes power outage that "sounded like an explosion") [link to thetimes-tribune.com]

5/14/11 Hillcrest, New Zealand (transformer erupts in flames) [link to www.stuff.co.nz]

5/14/11 New City, New York [NOT New YORK City] (power outage due to transformer) [link to newcity.patch.com]

5/14/11 Wentzville, Missouri (transformer fire trips tornado sirens) [link to www.stltoday.com]

5/15/11 Karachi, Pakistan (transformer on pole causes power outage) [link to www.dawn.com]

5/15/11 Dixon, California (transformer explodes) [link to dixon.patch.com]

5/15/11 Grand Rapids, Michigan (transformer fire in apartment) [link to www.woodtv.com]
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dont use american transformers
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The question is, is this normal?

You would need more data and do a comparison to see if this is normal.
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EXACTLY!

This could very well be normal. For example, over the last couple of years we've seemingly have gotten use to seeing major EQ, and more of them, but when you compare stats from the past 10 years they really aren't all that out of whack.

In this case before jumping on the band wagon of blaming ET's or something crazy like that, compare how many transformers get damaged yearly since 2005 for example. Then take a look at if they are all the same brand, and type of transformer, then check any anomalies in weather patterns for that day, and so on and so forth...then and ONLY then can you get a clear picture of what the problem might be. Anything else at this point is just fueled by mass hysteria by some of the doom dorks on this site.

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All of the power outages are hitting twitter and other media pretty hard too.
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EMF ----- transformers are coils, that usually step down the AC power to say 220v.

Transmitions, or solar flares could indeed cause over voltage that would blow transformers - lightning yes.
birds shorting out terminals - yes

They do ware out ----- the old ones have toxic stuff - probably lead also.
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toxic shit is pcb.
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I'd say this stuff is definitely not normal. I never heard of things like that before (which of course doesn't prove anything). All I know this shit has made it to German MSM already. Something is up. Wonder if we have entered the Ribbon already?
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I'd say this stuff is definitely not normal. I never heard of things like that before (which of course doesn't prove anything). All I know this shit has made it to German MSM already. Something is up. Wonder if we have entered the Ribbon already?
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Oh yeah, weren't we supposed to enter the 'photon belt' this week?
That would explain why this has happened, yet the sun hasn't farted in our general direction

Thread: THIS IS EXTREMELY INTERESTING YOU HAVE TO READ ---- EARTH ENTERING THE PHOTON BELT ---- MAGNETIC FIELD AHEAD MIGHT BE CAUSING TURBULENCES

Hrmmm, that makes sense
But it only appears to be affecting transformers, ships and planes so far
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never mind.

Last Edited by Kimchi on 05/16/2011 05:36 AM
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Looks like it's Nemesis time! AC and DC will be in a constant state of flux. Get yer candles, oil lamps and wood burning stoves while their hot probie!!!
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I remember we had a couple of current fluctuations (light getting darker for like half a sec) over the weekend. Wonder if that has s.th. to do with that...connecting the dots...
Gone bezerkin...
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Think of being underwater - with wave action becoming increasingly forceful - literal holes opening up exposing the ocean floor to the air above - a parting of the waters, so to speak. Then throw in the ocean currents going chaotic in this mix and you have a recipe for all things acclimated to operating underwater to start to 'short-circuit' and fail as the underwater environment is eliminated and one moves into the air 'above'.
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Transformers blowing up happens everyday. Zeus and his fucking lightnings are to blame.
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That is impressive O.P. great work.





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