Mystery surrounds reports of 'powder' falling from the sky over US
By T.K. Randall
February 28, 2023 · 15 comments
The phenomenon was reported in several states. Image Credit: Pixabay / qimono
Several Mid-Atlantic states on the East Coast saw reports of a dust-like powder falling from the sky last week.
Concerns were raised on Thursday when residents of Maryland, northern Virginia and West Virginia began reporting that a strange powder had started settling on top of their vehicles.
So numerous were the reports that the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection decided to launch its own investigation into the phenomenon.
One of its main goals was to determine if the powder could be dust from storms in Texas and New Mexico that later traveled east into Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky.
Not everyone is convinced that this explanation holds up, however, with some blaming a release of toxic chemicals from a train derailment in Eastern Ohio and others maintaining that the powder had been dropped by an overflying airplane.
Authorities have moved to dismiss such claims, leading to a number of conspiracy theories circulating social media and a general need for a more definitive, concrete explanation.
As things stand, officials have downplayed any need for concern and there is so far no evidence to suggest that the powder is toxic or dangerous in any way.
Even so, this is one mystery that authorities will be keen to resolve as quickly as possible.
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