The fire on the set of the drama in Stromboli, 6 investigated for negligent environmental disaster


By John

Stromboli (Aeolian Islands – ME): the Carabinieri serve the notice of conclusion of the preliminary investigations to four people for the environmental disaster caused following the fires that occurred on 25 and 26 May 2022.

The Carabinieri of the Milazzo Company, coordinated by the Public Prosecutor's Office of Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto led by Giuseppe Verzera, served the notice of the conclusion of the preliminary investigations and the information on the guarantee and on the right of defense against four natural persons held responsible for the crime of negligent environmental disaster, as well as two legal persons, a film, video and television program production company and a company operating in the design and creation of special effects for cinema, TV and theatres, for liability administrative due to the environmental crime caused.

The provision arose from investigations conducted by the Stromboli Carabinieri Station, coordinated by the Barcelona Prosecutor's Office, which began immediately after the vast fire that affected the island on 25 and 26 May 2022, in a protected natural area subject to restrictions environmental, included in the “UNESCO” and “Rete Natura 2000” sites and in the oriented/integral nature reserve “Island of Stromboli and Strombolicchio”.

In particular, the Carabinieri, after having provided assistance to the population during the serious events, including evacuating several homes and some restaurants, immediately started investigations, in concert with the Judicial Authority and with the support of consultants appointed by the Prosecutor's Office, carrying out multiple inspections, various witness interviews, numerous documentary acquisitions and technical investigations, thanks to which four natural persons were identified, including the legal representative and the production manager and manager of a film, video and television program production company, as well as the legal representative of a company operating in the design and creation of special effects for cinema, TV and theaters and a worker member responsible for the actual implementation of the special effects, who, shortly before the vast fire broke out, were present on the island, in a film set, to make a television series.

The four suspects are also held responsible, in various capacities, for violations of the legislation on the protection of health and safety in the workplace, i.e. for not having drawn up a risk assessment document which adequately took into account the danger of fire and of not having attributed specific importance to theuse of scenic effects consisting in the generation of fireworks, through the use of highly flammable material, that it has not adopted any adequate measures to prevent any fires, that it has not provided its employees with adequate training regarding health and safety risks in the workplace, procedures relating to first aid, fire fighting, evacuation of the workplace, as well as in not having adequately trained the production manager, indicated as the person in charge, and in not having guaranteed the specific training of the only fire prevention officer. And again, for not having excluded access to the film set in relation to the risks deriving from the ignition of “controlled” flames, for not having verified any deficiencies in the work equipment or for any dangerous conditions, for having used, for the reproduction of stage effects and, in particular, for the ignition of “controlled” flames, rudimentary equipment, without use and maintenance manuals and the required requirements, as well as having used them without adequate training and training and without taking into account the conditions current weather conditions and, in particular, strong winds, in violation of the union ordinance which prohibited the lighting of any type of fire during windy days, thus determining the triggering of a forest fire which affected over 240 hectares in total and caused a very serious environmental disaster, in addition to the damage to some homes and buildings used for public purposes.