Strange blue balls fall on Dorset
TO Bournemouth, Dorset, where local man Steve Hornsby is pointing to the sky. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It’s 3cm diameter jelly-like blue balls raining down during a hail storm. Says Mr Hornsby:
“[They’re] difficult to pick up, I had to get a spoon and flick them into a jam jar.”
You get your sport where you can find it in Dorset. He adds:
“The sky went a really dark yellow colour. As I walked outside to go to the garage there was an instant hail storm for a few seconds and I thought, ‘what’s that in the grass’? The have an exterior shell with a softer inner but have no smell, aren’t sticky and do not melt.”
So. What are the blue balls?
The Met Office says the spheres are “not meteorological“.
Josie Pegg, an applied science research assistant at Bournemouth University, says they could be “marine invertebrate eggs”:
“These have been implicated in previous ‘strange goo’ incidents. I’d have thought it’s a little early for spawning but I suppose we’ve had a very mild winter. The transmission of eggs on birds’ feet is well documented and I guess if a bird was caught out in a storm this could be the cause.”
Meanwhile, high in the skies, a US fighter pilot returns to base: Operation Giant M&Ms is well advanced. First Dorset, then Iran. Those sweet Yankee chocolates will yet conquer the Middle East. If that fails, look out for Operation Nylons, Operation Bieber, and Operation Dynasty Reunion…