on Sevier County Home, Leaving Health Officials Mystified
|Thursday, March 15,
dollops of dung rained from the sky over Sevier County this
week, spattering a home and leaving health officials knee-deep
in befuddlement over its origin.
mess dropped Monday over a home on the outskirts of Richfield,
covering two sides of the house and showering over the back
yard and a hot tub, which was covered.
The homeowners were gone at the time, and discovered the mess
just before 6 p.m. By then the spots appeared to be at least
three hours old.
tested the splotches and found coliform bacteria, including E.
coli, verifying the mess was fecal matter from an unknown
source. The homeowner was advised to wash the mess away with
"It could be very risky.
Feces can carry viruses and other things that cause serious
health problems," said Guy Dansie, environmental scientist
with the Central Utah Public Health Department.
No one can say for sure where the mess
When similar gooey globs
hit homes in Salt Lake County in spring 1999, homeowners
blamed aircraft for dumping septic tanks in flight. But the
mess was devoid of tell-tale blue chemicals used in jetliner
toilets, and officials from the Federal Aviation
Administration maintain that aircraft do not have the ability
to void their tanks while flying.
Monday's muck appeared to have come straight down from the
sky, Dansie said.
"There was a spatter
mark every three or four inches. It was quite a mess."
-- Kevin Cantera
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