Several days ago, a strange event occurred in multiple states, beginning on the eastern side of the country. Before all was said and done, eyewitness accounts were given as far west as Washington state, as well. It seems that the two states that were most affected by a mysterious white substance falling from the sky were West Virginia and Maryland. Yes, you read that right. On the evening of February 23, 2023, residents of these and other states started posting images and comments on social media. People were feeling shocked and confused. A strange white, flaky substance was falling from the sky. The substance was so thick in some areas, that witnesses described it as similar to a snow squall, where they were unable to see across the road to their neighbor’s homes.
It didn’t take long for county emergency pages on Facebook to start blowing up with posts. Local officials recommended staying indoors and closing all windows. Unfortunately, many folks had their windows open that day because the weather was unseasonably warm. County officials also recommended calling 911 to anyone seeing the mysterious white substance, so that fire fighters would respond and render assistance. Conjecture soon started to arise, including a belief that it was possible that the substance could be pine pollen, spurred into early activity due to warmer than usual weather. (Since when do we call 911 when we see pollen, and why weren’t the pollen and air quality notification alerts going off on cell phones?)
Witnesses knew the mysterious white substance wasn’t pollen
As claims surfaced saying that the mysterious white substance randomly falling from the sky in West Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Washington, Oregon and more, was pollen, responses started flooding in. Most were from people who are used to dealing with pollen every spring because they live in areas surrounded by forests. Their comments held several common themes, which are included in the following list:
- Pollen is yellow and this substance is white.
- If it’s pollen, why aren’t people who have seasonal pollen allergies having usual symptoms?
- Why isn’t it clinging to things like pollen does? It is covering cars and fences and the ground, then disappearing in a short while.
- How can they say it is pollen if it has not been collected and tested for pollen in a laboratory?
The overall consensus of the people who were watching a mysterious white substance fall (and worrying about whether they should send their kids to school the next day) was that whatever the substance was, it was likely NOT pollen.
Eastern Panhandle Working Fires posted updates on Facebook
As the night wore on, more and more people grew concerned about the mysterious white substance falling from the sky in West Virginia, Maryland and many other states. At least one state delegate issued a public statement, saying he was in touch with the Environmental Protection Agency. He also said that he was told samples of the substance were being collected and tested. The Eastern Panhandle Working Fires page on Facebook shared an update, that included the following claims:
- A representative of Berkeley County Emergency Management stated that HAZMAT ID technology was used to test a sample of the mysterious white substance covering vast areas of the West Virginia county.
- The rep also stated that the sample tested was not toxic.
- He also said, however, that the technology was unable to identify the substance.
That last statement left many people wondering how officials could tell that the white mysterious substance was not toxic if they didn’t even know what it was. If you do not know the exact components of a substance, can you state unequivocally that it is not toxic?
Events that occurred prior to mysterious white substance falling
It seemed illogical to most witnesses that the mysterious white substance falling from the sky was pollen. People had concerns about some other issues, though. For instance, they wondered if, perhaps, the substance was a fallout from events that had taken place throughout the country earlier that day and in recent times prior, including:
- A train carrying vinyl chloride and other toxic chemicals that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio.
- A fire at a uranium processing plant in Tennessee.
- Several fires at oil refineries in Mexico.
There were also reports of several dust storms in Texas and New Mexico. Newscasters claimed this may have caused the white powdery flakes to fall in many other states. Interestingly, a witness in Canton, Ohio, shared images of a whitish grayish residue clinging to a car when it was raining. This was days before the mysterious substance began to fall in West Virginia and Maryland. Canton is a little more than one hour from East Palestine, Ohio. One thing is sure. Most people are not satisfied with the answers they have so far been given from government agencies. They want to know what this substance was and whether it poses a health concern for the community. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask, does it?
What do you think?
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