Rocks Found on Beach Right Near San Onofre Nuclear Plant Burst Into Flames In Woman’s Pocket

Well, That’s Odd …

We noted earlier today that fraud at California’s San Onofre nuclear plant is making that plant unsafe.

Today, there is bizarre news which may or may not be related.

Channel 10 News reports:

How rocks collected from a southern Orange County beach caught fire in the pocket of a San Clemente woman’s cargo shorts, landing her in a hospital with third-degree burns, remained a mystery Thursday.


The 43-year old woman’s children picked up the seven orange and green rocks on Saturday at San Onofre State Beach, which is popular with surfers and known locally as Trestles.The rocks combusted and set the woman’s shorts on fire and continued to burn the wood floor of her Avenida Estrella house, according Capt. Marc Stone of the Orange County Fire Authority.


The beach where the rocks were found is not far from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the Camp Pendleton Marine base. San Clemente Island, which lies about 20 miles off the coast, is owned by the U.S. Navy and is its only remaining live firing range, according to a Navy website. The island has also been the site of rocket tests.

And see this CBS News report.

While the proximity of the rocks near the San Onofre nuclear plant implies – at first – that it is connected with the nuclear facility, the existence of phosphorous instead points to rocket tests or a firing range type activity.

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  • Sydney Vilen

    I used to surf at San Onofre and Trestles. I say the medical facilities should check the woman and the rocks for radioactivity.

  • Debbie

    We stay at at that beach with our children frequently. You can walk to the nuclear plant from the base, they are that close. It’s distrubing to think that our children could have done rock collecting on one of our beach strolls that could burn or worse. Usually we just collect sea shells, which makes me wonder if this orange phosphorus material can only adhere to certain stones. Or should we be inspecting our shell collection from that very beach.
    Visually this area lacks harmony with the nature that surrounds it, with it’s cooling towers and nearby base activity. I now think we should have paid attention to those warning signals the mind tends to elicit in such an environment. I doubt we’ll stay there again.