FOX NEWS: "There was a severe arching and it ignited some combustible material in the room," said Larry Bacci, a City of Naples fire marshal. The contractor suffered second and third degree burns during the blast and nearly 30 people were forced to evacuate.
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Low-income residents are the ones being affected the most, she said. "I'm hoping to use that as argument, as far as it being an emergency," she said. "It's really mostly impacting the elderly and lower-income people who can't afford to opt out." Smart Meter opponents voice health and privacy issues as their top concerns. The wireless meters operate on the same 2.4 gigahertz radio frequency as cordless phones and baby monitors. [These products have all been classified as 2B: possible carcinogens by the World Health Organization.] Opponent Elisa Boxer-Cook of Scarborough claims Smart Meters are more biologically damaging than other wireless devices because they produce high-frequency radio spikes known as "dirty electricity," that pulsate through home wiring. There is no off switch, she said. Homeowners who have had Smart Meters installed have complained of headaches, insomnia, heart palpitations and nausea, she said.