“Black rain” is not only a bizarre Michael Douglas thriller from 1989, in China, it’s also a horrifying reality.
At around 8 a.m. on Monday morning, residents of one community in Hangzhou were shocked to find that their cars, laundry and even their faces were turning black under a light rain shower that was quickly transforming their residential neighborhood into a coal mine.
While dealing with harmful levels of pollution is a fact of daily life in China, this weather event even had locals spooked.
Fortunately, there’s no need to check the weather forecast to see if a black cloud is headed our way. It turns out that the “black rain” was merely the result of an accident at a nearby abandoned factory. The Paper reports that in the process of demolishing the factory, workers accidentally ruptured a tank filled with raw petroleum powder, causing the stuff to float up into the air, before raining down on the heads of unsuspecting locals a short time later.
But not to worry, the local environmental protection bureau has assured residents that the powder is harmless.
[Images via Weibo / The Paper]