|Occurred : 12/3/2009 13:22 (Entered as : 12/03/2009 13:22)
Reported: 12/19/2009 10:24:06 AM 10:24
Location: North Port, FL
Duration:Immediate and up to 48 ho
|Follow-up To Initial Report
Follow up report to incident dated December 3, 2009 at 13:22: The odor: As previously stated, I did notice a light odor that I have never come across prior. After being asked by others to describe that smell, I could at best state that it smelled like a steamy-metallic odor, almost like iron mixed with steam. It was not a chemical smell (i.e. our hot tub chemicals can be odorous), nor was it a burning smell made by charcoal, wood or other fire-causing source. Although I have smelled a car radiator over heat, this was not comparable.
Additional Activity Immediately following the incident as described in my initial report, the following activity took place. Please note that at no time before/during or after this unusual situation, did we lose power.
Cellular Telephone: My cellular telephone began to sporadically malfunction. I had to contact my mobile service provider and had technical support try to trouble-shoot the device and problems, which consisted of: Frequent inability to make calls ‘Call Failed’ just seconds after making a call (when I could) The phone turning itself off A loud, electrical interference while conducting what little calls I could place The battery was fully charged and prior to the incident and I had not experience a problem with the phone. Technical support stated that it did not appear to be the SIM card, but seemed more like a device malfunction.
Other members of the household whom were not at home at the time of the initial incident, did not experience any problem with their mobile telephones. Our service provider had me place calls from both my device, as well as from another family member’s (we are on the same network). My device was problematic but theirs was not. The technician noted the odd electrical nterference and stated that my only other choice was to get a replacement device if the problems persisted. I agreed to wait a day or two and see what would happen. After two days of problems post-incident, my cellular phone problems were gone and I did not have to replace the device.
HD-DVR Cable Box: Our HD-DVR cable box ceased working and kept giving us an "Unrecoverable Write Error" message that technical support stated indicates the drive has been damaged. Due to our cable provider’s inability to fix the box, we had to exchange it for a one.
Behavior of the cats: Two out of three of our cats exhibited non-typical behavior. All three remained somewhat skittish for the remainder of the day immediately following the incident, however, at approximately 22:20 on the evening of the incident and after retiring to bed for the evening, my son woke me concerned for one of the cats.
She was hissing, crying and pacing on the ledge of the window in the rear bedroom. She was upset to the point that she crawled up the screen and had to be pried off, only to remain very bothered for an additional 20 minutes or so. Upon inspection of the yard(s), we did not see anything, however, are surrounded by dense woods.
At approximately 03:45 that same night (date was now December 4th, 2009), I was woken when a different cat was literally running and jumping into the sliding glass door window as well as jumping onto the drapes that covered the windows. He was howling and crying as though something was on the lanai, next to our hot tub. Worried that he would hurt himself by running into the glass, I tried to pick him up but he was so upset that he scratched my hand and arms and jumped away. After approximately 5 minutes of this behavior, he retreated to hiding underneath a loveseat where he continued to cry for several minutes. Further inspection of the lanai and yard(s) revealed nothing.
Note: The side and backyards are open, but the woods extend from the fences, outward. We have had raccoons, armadillo, possums and bobcats get around the fencing from time to time, but even then the cats act in a more curious fashion and will actually go to the glass doors or windows to observe, never intimidated. We are at a loss as to what could have caused this abnormal behavior. Aside from the incidents above, they have been fine.