Ceiling Collapse at Haunted Library Attributed to Ghosts

As paranormal investigators, one of the principles that we here at The Occult Section push and push over and over is Occam’s Razor. Simply put, the most rational explanation is usually the correct one. Unfortunately, with the current spate of paranormal “reality” TV shows and their quest for ratings, and everyone wanting to experience some paranormal activity of their own, this principle is largely ignored these days. So people keep photographing dust and thinking they are ghostly orbs, videotaping airplanes and thinking they are UFOs, and proclaiming every bit of static on their recorders to be an EVP. We ran across this funny little story about a supposedly haunted library, and there is definitely a lesson to be learned here about Occam’s Razor.

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“Oh, I’m sure it’s just the ghosts doing some renovating upstairs. Best to just assume that and not check.”

A leaky roof at the building that houses the Middletown library and historical society caused part of the plaster ceiling to collapse this week, borough officials said.

Historical society staff discovered the collapse Tuesday and notified borough officials today, Middletown spokesman Chris Courogen said. No one was hurt. The plaster broke some sort of collectible glass, but otherwise no artifacts were damaged, he said.

Courogen estimated the section of the roof that collapsed to be about eight feet in diameter. The library is on the first floor and the historical society is on the second floor of the building in the first block of North Catherine Streets.

It’s unknown when the collapse happened. Library staff heard some noises Monday evening, but “with the report of this building being haunted, they were wondering if that’s what it was,” Courogen said.

Officials believe rain leaked through the rubber roof and weakened the ceiling. They hope they can reseal the leak instead of having to pay for the entire roof being replaced, Courogen said.

Insurance may cover the repairs, Courogen said.

The lesson? If you hear your roof creaking loudly, maybe have an expert inspect it before it collapses. It’s more likely due to structural fatigue, rain, and plain old age rather than ghosts.

0 comments on “Ceiling Collapse at Haunted Library Attributed to Ghosts

  1. As a paranormal investigator, this has to be one of my biggest issues with ghost hunting. Someone hears their floor creek and all of a sudden, thanks to paranormal TV shows, they have a ‘demon’ in their home. Every little thing that happens after that is ‘paranormal’. I am appreciative of the ghost hunting shows out there. They’ve opened up opportunities for people like myself to be taken seriously in this field. However, the down side is, fear of the unknown is at an all-time high and people are over reacting to common, every-day occurrences and freaking out. Not everything is paranormal!
    Paul Cagle
    http://www.sepsparanormal.org

  2. @Paul Cagle I think the shows were beneficial in the beginning. But they have evolved to the point where everything on TV is paranormal, and now people who watch these shows think everything is paranormal, too. Remember the first season or so of “Ghost Hunters” when Jason would never call a place haunted? Now every little piece of static is an amazing EVP. The TV shows opened a door, but that door opening let in a lot of crap. But it’s good to know others are frustrated as well!

  3. @Paul Cagle I think the shows were beneficial in the beginning. But they have evolved to the point where everything on TV is paranormal, and now people who watch these shows think everything is paranormal, too. Remember the first season or so of “Ghost Hunters” when Jason would never call a place haunted? Now every little piece of static is an amazing EVP. The TV shows opened a door, but that door opening let in a lot of crap. But it’s good to know others are frustrated as well!

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