Dried flakes, fibrous masses and other substances
In all cases, people had no idea what it was,
and could only use comparisons in an effort to describe it. It does seem
to be organic in nature, but dried and pressed into flat sheets or
flakes. Well, somebody must have dried and pressed it before they
released it into the atmosphere.
A substance fell, that the people said they
had never seen before. As to what it was, they had not a notion, but
they saw that the sheep ate it. They ground it into flour and made
bread, said to have been passable enough, though insipid.
A substance fell, in lumps the size of a
filbert, that had been ground into flour; that of this flour had
been made bread, very attractive-looking, but flavorless.
Flakes of a substance that looked like beef
fell from the sky, "from a clear sky." It fell in flakes of various
sizes; some two inches square, one, three or four inches square. It
was a thick shower, on the ground, on trees, on fences, but it was
narrowly localized: or upon a strip of land about 100 yards long and
about 50 yards wide. Scientist found it to be composed of lung
tissue, cartilage or muscular fibers.
1687: Thousands of flakes of a fibrous
material that was pitch black in color fell near the town of
Klaipeda (Memel) on the east coast of the Baltic Sea in Lithuania.
Some of the flakes were recorded to be as large as tabletops and
were all damp. To start with the flakes emitted a sour rotting odor
that disappeared as the material dried out after which it could be
torn like paper. Some of flakes were kept as curiosities and 150
years later the material was examined by the Royal Irish academy
1839 who stated that it was largely (Conferva Crispata) which is a
form of threadlike green algae. No explanation was provided as to
how this material had become compressed into flakes.
A fall of flakes resembling coal-black,
leafy mass. Some of these flake-like formations were as large as a
table-top. "The mass was damp and smelt disagreeably, like rotten
seaweed, but, when dried, the smell went off." "It tore fibrously,
A fall of flakes, which looked like greenish
A fall of damp, coal-black, leafy mass. But,
if broken up, the marsh-substance is flake-like, and it tears
In a triangular space included by these
three towns. The substance is described as "cobwebs" but it fell in
flake-formation, or in "flakes or rags about one inch broad and five
or six inches long." Also these flakes were of a relatively heavy
substance. "They fell with some velocity." The quantity was great:
the shortest side of the triangular space is eight miles long. There
were two falls of this substance at that location, some hours apart.
A fall of "a mass of black leaves, having
the appearance of burnt paper, but harder, and cohering, and
A fall of a sheet of 200 square feet, of a
substance similar to cotton-felt.
A fall of a great quantity of a fibrous
substance like blue silk.
Several falls of silky substances.
Numerous batches of spider-web-like
substance fell in Montgomery, in strands and in occasional masses
several inches long and several inches broad. According to the
writer, it was not spiders' web, but something like asbestos; also
that it was phosphorescent.
A thick cloud, accompanied by rain and a
violent wind, had appeared. This cloud was composed of a woolly
substance in lumps the size of a fist, which fell to the ground.
that it was white, but was something that had been
burned. It was fibrous.
A brown dust that looked like vegetable
With snow fell a dark-colored substance,
estimated at 500 tons, over a belt 50 miles by 10 miles. It was
examined under a microscope, and found to consist mainly of
Several falls of dried leaves, large amount
and for a while (10 minutes to half an hour)