Fires in Sicily leave skull formation over Mount Vesuvius (photo)

Smoke from wildfires in Sicily formed into a spooky looking skull that hovered over Mount Vesuvius.

A man nearby captured an amazing photo of the smoke (see below) and posted it to social media with the caption, “After millennia the monster of Vesuvius came out.”

The heat and winds have been fueling the flames forcing the evacuation of some 800 hundred tourists.

Mount Vesuvius is not currently erupting. Although it may appear that way due to the formation of smoke and fire surrounding the area, no lava or ash is being released.

Authorities say there are 125 active blazes in Sicily right now. They suggest some are tied to arson and Italy’s Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti did not rule out Mafia involvement.

Galletti expressed that there were too many fires on Mount Vesuvius for them to be spontaneous. Reports say a man had been arrested on suspicion of arson but no further information has been released.

Galletti added, “If someone set fire to Vesuvius, I want to see them in jail for 15 years”.

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