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Mystery surrounds reports of 'powder' falling from the sky over US

By T.K. Randall
February 28, 2023 · Comment icon 15 comments
Clouds in a blue sky.
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.

Source: Futurism | Comments (15)

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Comment icon #6 Posted by Laserburn 1 year ago
Maybe it's from the Chinese balloons.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Susanc241 1 year ago
Occasionally, when the winds are strong enough and in the right direction, we get dust from the sands of the Sahara here in the U.K.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Robotic Jew 1 year ago
Just in time for the release of Cocaine Bear? Obviously this is viral marketing. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Eldorado 1 year ago
A mysterious white powder falling from the sky in Maryland and West Virginia has sparked some wild theories on TikTok.  On February 23, residents from West Virginia and Maryland shared reports of unusual white dust falling from the sky, coating their cars, and outdoor furniture. After the reports emerged, residents were encouraged to stay inside. However, after it was discovered that the substance didn’t appear harmful, people began scraping it off their belongings. Some residents stated that the “dust sediment” was sticky and left milky hues on their cars as they attempted to clean i... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by XenoFish 1 year ago
Ugh, I hate this. I can't make a lewd or drug jokes involving space cocaine and angels, hmm, angel dust. Angel dandruff....... Yeah, better stop there. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by openozy 1 year ago
Milky way exploded?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Chaldon 1 year ago
I witnessed myself a very similar strange phenomenon which none of us do remember. The last year, in the first days of May in the area where I live (near the Krasnoyarsk city, Siberia) there came a very strong southern wind which brought with itself enormous amounts of absolutely while fine grained sand. The dust was everywhere, on every window still despite closed windows, and I could not walk outside of my house because of the stinging sensation in the eyes. The wind caused lots of uncontrollable fires in Khakassia (the region to the south of us) and also to the east, where lots of people ha... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Myles 1 year ago
I would think that there should be an explanation very soon today.  How hard would it be to run a test?
Comment icon #14 Posted by Dave Oz 1 year ago
Same described dust fell in Farmington New Mexico,seeing it all over my vehicle and not easily washed off at the car wash. I originally scoffed it off as dust from Arizona and California since we are downwind from those areas. A whitish-slightly brown dust, stirred up by heavy winds that created blizzards and continuing in an eastward direction. there is some residual dirt on my vehicle, will scrape off for further study.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Silver Surfer 1 year ago
Cocaine bear is a terrible movie.

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