Spain's Ice Mystery

According to Associated Press reports from Madrid, between about 15 and 30 ice blocks fell from Spanish skies for 10 days starting January 8, 2000. A number of the blocks were as large as basketballs. A scientific team was looking for an explanation for the ice, which lacked the color of the frozen human waste known to fall from jets.

By January 19, the chunks were known not to be iced-up human waste or material from the tail of a comet. Earthly material like table salt (sodium chloride) and chalk (gypsum) had been discovered in an ice sample from Meliana, and at least six of the ice chunks had proven to be pranks.

Initial findings were to be made public on January 21, reported the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC).

Sources: The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/19/00, 1/20/00; Associated Press, 1/19/00;