A group of villagers in India’s Gurugram has been storing bits of excrement that fell from a plane thinking that they collected pieces of a rare mineral.
According to India Times
, some villagers at Fazilpur Badli thought what the experts call “blue ice” – frozen toilet waste leaking from planes – to be “celestial gifts.”
A farmer from the village, Rajbir Yadav, reportedly thought a “very large rock” had crashed into the ground and disintegrated when he first saw the blue ice. He said the icy mass hit the ground "with a big thud."
Other villagers who were present around Rajbir spread the word and soon the entire village was flocking around the wheat field for a look.
Some surreptitiously took a few pieces of the “geological treasure” to their homes and stored them inside their fridges.
When a team of India Meteorological Department and National Disaster Management Authority came to the village, they explained to the villagers that what they thought to be rare gems were actually bits of blue ice.
Vivek Kalia, the Pataudi subdivisional magistrate who accompanied the expert team to Fazilpur Badli, said they were still sending it to the forensic lab in Bhondsi “to know what exactly it is."
Another expert who inspected the ice ball said that the heavy mass of ice suggested there was a possibility it might have fallen as “frozen toilet water coming out from some aircraft lavatory.”
India Times reported that incidents like this happened before twice in 2016 – when waste falling from sky was reported from Sagar, Harda and Dewas districts of Madhya Pradesh, in the wake of which, India’s National Green Tribunal instructed the country's aviation regulator — Directorate General of Civil Aviation — to ask airlines to pay 50,000 rupees as environmental compensation in such cases.