Storm throws up Oban mys­tery

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

RES­I­DENTS near McCaig’s Tower in Oban started 2017 with a bit of mys­tery, writes Louise Glen.

Cars in the area were cov­ered with a fine dust­ing of a creamy, yel­lowy- coloured pow­der.

At first res­i­dents be­lieved the pow­der was fall­out from Storm Barbara or Conor. The po­lice of­fice in Oban said they be­lieved it may be residue from fire­works, while oth­ers said it was dust from Glen­sanda Quarry.

On some cars and win­dows it looked as though peo­ple had thrown bags of flour over the paint­work – and this is what led peo­ple to re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice.

The po­lice ini­tially be­lieved the cul­prit was much closer to home. A po­lice spokesman said: ‘ We had a num­ber of com­plaints to us about dam­age to cars over Hog­manay and New Year.

‘Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion it is be­lieved some of the dam­age may have been a creamy yel­low dust per­haps in the af­ter­math of the storms and from the residue of the fire­works.’

How­ever BID4Oban man­ager Derek Con­nery said he be­lieved the residue was on the cars prior to the fire­works, as some dam­age was re­ported as early as Fri­day morn­ing – a day be­fore the main fire­works were set off at Hog­manay.

De­posits of dust were also found at Taynuilt, Kilmelford, Ler­ags and read­ers as far away as Perthshire were also re­port­ing they had been vic­tims of the dust.

Read­ers said they had ruled out the dust be­ing from the Sa­hara as that was usu­ally red, and they thought the dust from Glen­sanda would have ma­te­ri­alised be­fore last week, with pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences of dust in the town hav­ing been grey.

So it looked like the mys­tery would con­tinue, with some peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­enced the fine pow­der say­ing they will take it to SAMS to find out if they can shed any light on the mat­ter. How­ever, Mr Con­nery’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions ap­pear to be spot on, as the Met of­fice has con­firmed the film was yel­low dust from the Sa­hara 2,500 miles away.

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