Canneto (Caronia)

Canneto is located in Italy
Location of Canneto in Italy
Coordinates: 38°1′14.19″N 14°23′20.52″E / 38.0206083°N 14.3890333°E / 38.0206083; 14.3890333Coordinates: 38°1′14.19″N 14°23′20.52″E / 38.0206083°N 14.3890333°E / 38.0206083; 14.3890333
Country Italy
Region Sicily
ProvinceMessina (ME)
Elevation35 m (115 ft)
 • Total154
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0921

Canneto is a village and civil parish (frazione) of the Italian municipality of Caronia, in the Province of Messina, Sicily. In Italian language its name means reed bed.


The village, also known as Canneto di Caronia, is located by the Tyrrhenian coast, on the state highway 113 Messina-Palermo-Trapani, between Marina di Caronia and Santo Stefano di Camastra. It is 10 km far from Caronia, 105 from Palermo and 125 from Messina.

It is crossed by the Messina-Palermo railway but lacks its own station (nearest are Caronia and Santo Stefano di Camastra-Mistretta). The nearest motorway's exit is "Reitano-Santo Stefano di Camastra", on the A20 Messina-Palermo


Canneto di Caronia fires[edit]

In 2004–2005 and 2014, there were two series of unusual fires in Canneto. While popular speculation ascribed the fires to various causes, including an unknown natural phenomenon, paranormal events or secret military technology, official investigations suggested that all of these fires were cases of arson and arrests were made in 2015.[2][3][4]

Starting from 14 January 1969, Canneto was the central location in a series of spontaneous fires (mainly along the railway line), and other electromagnetic phenomena.[5][6] Appliances, starting with a television and evidently including a cooker and vacuum cleaner, were reported to catch fire spontaneously. Fires also struck wedding presents and a piece of furniture. At least one person was said to have observed an unplugged electrical cable ignite while he was directly observing it. ENEL, the Italian power utility, temporarily cut off the town's power supply, although the outbreaks continued.[7][better source needed] The fires stopped in August.

The fires were linked to poltergeists.[8][9] Suggestions that the cause was an unknown natural phenomenon prompted an investigation by scientists from the National Research Institute (CNR), with the support of NASA physicists. On 2007 it has been proposed that the phenomena are caused by intermittent electromagnetic emissions. A state of emergency was imposed and part of the village was evacuated.[10] On 24 June 2008, following further investigation by the appointed experts, the case was dismissed by the prosecutor of Mistretta. The conclusion of the consultants was that the fires were arson cases.[11]

Mysterious fires returned again in mid-2014.[12] On March 5, 2015 police arrested and charged Giuseppe Pezzino, 26, with arson, conspiracy to commit fraud, and sounding a false alarm in association with the mysterious fires. His father, Antonino Pezzino, has also been implicated. The Italian military police had installed hidden cameras in the streets after the fires started again in July 2014. Video captured about 40 incidents implicating Giuseppe (and occasionally, Antonino). Further evidence was gathered by phone taps.[3][4]

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Purported causes of the Canneto fires[edit]

Electromagnetic radiation
Paranormal phenomena


  1. ^ a b Infos on
  2. ^ "Canneto di Caronia (Me): gli incendi? Opera degli uomini" [Caronia (Me): fires? Opera men]. (webpage) (in Italian). 12 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "A Decade of Mysterious Fires in a Sicilian Village". The Atavist Magazine. 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  4. ^ a b "Setter of Sicily mystery fires arrested - English". 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  5. ^ (in Italian) "X-Files in Sicily": Article on the Corriere della Sera
  6. ^ Article on
  7. ^ Top 15 Bizarre True Stories, "13. Fiery Persecution",
  8. ^ "WorldWide Religious News: "Devil in the detail of Sicily's mysterious village fires"". Archived from the original on 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  9. ^ (in Italian) Article on CICAP website citing the Canneto fires
  10. ^ (in Italian) "Canneto di Caronia (Me): gli incendi? Opera degli uomini" [Caronia (Me): fires? Opera men]. (webpage) (in Italian). 12 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Canneto di Caronia (Me): gli incendi? Opera degli uomini". Archived from the original on 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
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